The margin was slim, but Cayuga County Legislator Grant Kyle has won the Independence Party nomination. Kyle, the Independent incumbent who represents the Town of Brutus in District Four, won the write-in vote against his challenger Chris Petrus, by a margin of just three votes — 11 to eight. Kyle was appointed by the legislature last September to fill the term of Mark Farrell, who had been in office since 2011.
Meanwhile, Kathleen Gorr is the winner of the Independence Party nomination for District Nine, which includes the towns of Niles, Sempronius, Moravia, amd Summerhill. Gorr, who’s also on the Democratic ticket, will be on the ballot in November against Republican rival Charles Ripley. The incumbent Republican, Terrance Baxter, announced he’s not running for re-election.