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Just a quick update for those who are following the ballot petition process for state and local races:

John R. Bocciolatt, a Watertown native and retired Portland, Ore., police detective sergeant, is planning to run for Jefferson County Sheriff as a Republican.

On Wednesday he said that he submitted 1,456 signatures from members of the Republican Party in the county, 209 signatures from members of the Independence Party and 86 signatures from members of the Conservative Party.

To be listed on the ballot, 1,000 Republican signatures are required, 41 Conservative Party signatures are required and 158 Independence Party signatures are required, according to the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

Mr. Bocciolatt will face one of two Democratic candidates in November.

Colleen M. O’Neill, a retired New York state police senior investigator, said Tuesday that she submitted 1,426 Democratic signatures, 176 Independence Party signatures and 19 Working Family Party signatures.

795 Democratic and 11 Working Family Party signatures are required to gain access to the ballot.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul W. Trudeau, who is also running for the position as a Democrat, said Tuesday that he submitted 1,275 Democratic signatures and was still waiting for additional petitions to be returned.

If both Ms. O’Neill and Mr. Trudeau gain access to the ballot, they will face each other in a September primary.

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, filed 1197 Democratic signatures and 39 Working Family Party signatures.

She is facing opposition this year from Republicans John L. Byrne, Cape Vincent, and John S. Humphrey, Brownville, and Conservative Party member Russell J. Finley, Lisbon.

Mr. Byrne said Tuesday that he filed 1,028 Republican, 138 Conservative and 274 Independence Party signatures.

Mr. Humphrey turned in 74 pages of Republican signatures Monday, according to the state Board of Elections, though it is unknown how many signatures he actually collected.

The state Board of Elections has not reported any filings for Mr. Finley.

According to state election law, for the Republican or Democratic Party line for the Assembly, 500 signatures are required. For other parties, petitions must be signed by 5 percent of the active enrolled voters in the district.

— DPF

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