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Commissioner: Montgomery County sheriff candidates challenging each other's petitions

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM


Recorder News Staff

There aren't any locally contested races on next month's primary election ballots, but come November, voters will have choices between who will be Montgomery County's clerk and sheriff.

Sheriff Michael Amato, is seeking re-election as a Conservative, Independence and Republican candidate. He is being challenged by independent candidate James Glorioso, who is running under a party named "Unity with the Community."

However, by Friday, petitions from both candidates were being challenged.

"Each of the independent petitions filed has had an objection filed against it," Republican Commissioner Terrance Smith said. "At this point, we will sit on that for the next six days and during those six days, the objector has an opportunity to file specifically what they are objecting to."

If the objections are substantiated, one of the candidates could find themselves out of the running on those party lines.

It is a greater issue for Glorioso, who would be knocked off the ballot entirely if that happens. But he has already planned for that.

"I am a fighter and I don't give up, so regardless of what happens with the petitions I am not stopping," he said. "I will go in as a write-in. I am going to the end with this."

Amato, who has been the Montgomery County sheriff since 1997, said he is running again because he still has things to accomplish.

"There are a lot of things I am working on here and I have a lot of plans for the future." Amato said. "I also think the public wants me to do the job and that is why I am still here."

Glorioso, an Amsterdam resident, is a regional loss prevention manager for a national retail company. He also has 10 years experience as a sheriff's deputy, three of which he spent working for Montgomery County.

Glorioso said he decided to run because he wants to use his experience to make positive changes in the sheriff's office.

"I want the residents to have a better sheriff's office that works with the community. I want the deputies to have a safer work environments. I want the office morale to be better," Glorioso said.

Montgomery County Clerk Helen Bartone is also being challenged by independent candidate and current Montgomery County Legislator Barbara Wheeler, who is running under the party named "A Step Forward."

Bartone, who has been clerk for 23 years, is running as a Conservative and Democratic candidate.

"I have dedicated my life to serve the people In Montgomery County," she said.

Bartone said she has helped improved operations in the county clerks office through the purchase of a records management system; has implemented the "Return the Favor" discount program for veterans to obtain an free identification card; has taken over the Pistol Permit program.

"I am prepared and excited to tackle any new challenges that lay ahead of me," Bartone said. "I will remain positive and focused on my job that I care about."

Wheeler did not return calls for comment.

Should Wheeler win in November, she will have to give up her seat on the county legislature, Smith said.

"She can't hold two elected offices," Smith said. "Who would fill her place, should she be elected, will be up to the legislature."

Other local seats up for elections include a pair of council seats on the Amsterdam town board, a part-time judge for Amsterdam city court and two members of the city's citizen review board.

Four candidates have filed petitions to run for the two council seats left vacant by the election of Terry Bieniek and Alexander Kuchis to the county legislature last year.

Robert Purtell and Mary Maines are seeking to run as Democratic candidates against Republicans Ronald DiCaprio and Jeffrey Kreisel. Purtell also filed a petition as a Conservative.

Part-time city Judge Lisa Lorman, an Amsterdam Democrat, filed a petition seeking re-election to the 6-year seat.

Democrat Kenneth R. Mazur, of Amsterdam, filed for the full-term position on the city citizens' review board. No petition was filed for the 1-year unexpired term on the board.


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