Salem will have primaries for all supervisor positions

An extended filing deadline has resulted in enough candidates to necessitate primary elections for all Salem town supervisor positions in the spring election.

The town has a one year remaining on one supervisor term and two, two-year terms on the ballot in April.

Because incumbent Patrick O’Connell failed to file a non-candidacy statement as well as nomination papers, filing for the two-year terms was extended until Friday.

Only two candidates —  incumbent Dennis Faber and Mike Culat — had filed by the original deadline for the two-year terms.

But by Friday, three more candidates — Gail Peckler-Dziki, Steve Brown and Wes Dumalski — filed papers to be on the ballot. Since there are now five candidates for the two-year seats, a primary will be held Feb. 21 to narow the field to four.

There already was a primary needed to narrow the field for the one-year seat. Ted Kmiec was appointed to the seat in November after the September death of Joseph Meier.

Kmiec, Peckler-Dziki and Jim Walker filed to run for that seat.


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