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LOWVILLE — The Lewis County Board of Legislators could look a lot different after November.

Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, District 2, is the only unopposed incumbent, while in District 9, Republican Neil H. Pepper is the sole candidate to replace Jack T. Bush, R-Brantingham, who is in his 16th year on the board.

Republican primaries will take place in five races. In District 1, Philip C. Hathway, R-Harrisville, will face Jeffrey T. Christman, a self-employed town of Croghan resident. Charles R. Fanning, R-Copenhagen, will be challenged by Craig P. Brennan, a retired police investigator and businessman from Deer River, in District 3.

Two challengers in District 4 will vie for the seat held by John O. Boyd, D-New Bremen. Thomas J. Schantz, a businessman and semiretired farmer, and Bryan D. Moser, a log truck driver, both are on the ticket.

In District 7, candidate Jeffrey F. Beyer will take a second crack at earning the seat of exiting Legislator William J. Burke, R-West Lowville, to whom he lost two years ago. This election he will face C. Lee Hinkleman, commander of the Lowville American Legion, and Gregory M. Kulzer, dairy product specialist and state rating officer with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

John A. Healt, West Leyden resident and past Boonville trustee, will make another attempt, having lost in 2009, to defeat Jerry H. King, R-West Leyden, in District 10.

In races without primaries, Democrat Richard A. Chartrand, a retired director of public works at Fort Drum, and Republican Thomas E. Jaconski, emergency preparedness and environmental health and safety coordinator at Carthage Area Hospital, will compete for District 5 seat, as Patrick F. Wallace, R-Lowville, will not make a bid to return.

In District 8, former county Legislator Republican Larry L. Dolhof would like to return to the board, but will need to first defeat Democrat Duane C. DeLair, a psychologist and appraiser from Constableville. Richard C. Lucas, R-Barnes Corners, has declined to run again.

Fourth-year Legislator Paul M. Stanford, D-Watson, faces retired town judge and bus driver Republican Andrea J. Moroughan in District 6.

In the only contested town supervisor race in the county, Robin Grunert, Independence Party, has challenged incumbent Peter J. Keys in New Bremen.

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