As we leave 2007 and head into 2008, we thought we'd take a look at some of the local political races in our area.
Our state and federal representatives will be the focus of the 2008 elections, with State Senators George Maziarz and Antoine Thompson as well as Assemblymen Mike Cole, Robin Schimminger, Steve Hawley and Jim Hayes, as well as Assemblywoman Francine Del Monte all most likely seeking re-election. Congressman Tom Reynolds has also been busy on the campaign trail and raising funds for another term. Louise Slaughter also appears poised to seek two more years.
A burning question in local political circles surrounds Assemblyman Mike Cole. Cole, who was embroiled in an intern scandal last year, may face opposition from within his own party in '08. Certain GOP operatives believe that when Niagara County stood down in '06 to support Cole, Cole blew the opportunity.
Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker would be the likely choice to challenge Cole for the Assembly seat. Interestingly, sources have confirmed with Niagara Times that Assemblywoman Crystal People's camp has reached out to Lockport Third Ward Alderwoman Flora McKenzie to explore an Assembly bid against Cole. This will certainly be one to watch in 2008.
In 2008 we will be voting for a new President. Switching New York's Primary Election date to February 5th certainly puts New York in play in '08.
Although there we be few local elections in 2008, it certainly doesn't appear to be shaping up as a dull political year.