Orleans GOP makes local endorsements, including Cardone for DA

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 January 2020 at 10:07 am

No candidate endorsed for county clerk

Photo by Tom Rivers: Joe Cardone has served as Orleans County’s district attorney since March 1992. He is seeking re-election to four more years in the position.

ALBION – Joe Cardone has the backing of the Orleans County Republican Committee for another four-year term as district attorney. Cardone has served as the county’s top prosecutor since 1992.

He met with the Republican Committee on Thursday night at Tillman’s Village Inn and received the group’s endorsement.

Three incumbent county coroners – Scott Schmidt of Medina, Charles Smith of Ridgeway and Rocco Sidari of Albion – also were endorsed for four-year terms.

In the other county-wide position up for election this year, the committee didn’t meet its two-thirds threshold for endorsing a candidate for county clerk.

Karen Lake-Maynard is retiring on Jan. 30. Two Republicans want to succeed her. Diane Shampine is the deputy county clerk and Nadine Hanlon is the clerk of the County Legislature.

With no committee endorsement, both have the option of securing petitions by registered Republicans to be on the ballot and perhaps face off in a June 23 primary.

The Orleans County Republican Committee also endorsed the two incumbent State Assembly members who are seeking re-election. Steve Hawley of Batavia has been in the Assembly since he was elected in a special election on Feb. 28, 2006 for the 139th District, which includes most of Orleans, all of Genesee and part of western Monroe.

Michael Norris of Lockport is seeking a third two-year term in the 144th District, which includes the Town of Shelby in Orleans, and parts of Niagara and Erie counties.

State Sen. Robert Ortt currently is pursuing the 27th Congressional District. A special election likely will be on April 28 to fill the vacant 27th seat. Ortt made it clear to the Orleans County Republican Committee he wants to be the area’s next congressman, said Skip Draper, the Orleans GOP chairman.

Ortt has been the state senator for about five years. The local Republicans didn’t hear from a candidate for the Senate seat. Ortt still has time to pursue the Senate seat if Republican leaders go with another candidate for the 27th.

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