District Attorney Race
McCaffrey secures Independence Party ballot line
Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey picked up a second party endorsement this week in his campaign toward November’s election.
Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed McCaffrey to the post May 21 — but the Democrat must secure his job by popular vote Nov. 6.
McCaffrey exceeded the 85 Livingston County Indepedence Party member signatures needed to place him on the ballot as an Independence Party candidate and was authorized to run as a candidate of that party by its state committee.
According to McCaffrey, the endorsement establishes him as a non-partisan candidate who represents all of Livingston County.
“When you’re the district attorney, you represent everyone equally,” McCaffrey told the County News Tuesday. “I’m not running as the best Democrat; I’m running as the best person for the job.”
McCaffrey’s opponents, both Republicans, are former Livingston County First Assistant District Attorney Eric Schiener and Livonia attorney Steve Sessler — both of whom face each other in the Sept. 13 GOP primary.
Last week, Sessler announced he had been endorsed by the county’s Conservative Party members.
The Independence Party claims 1,670 registered voters in Livingston County —compared to 16,225 Republicans, 9,743 Democrats, 769 Conservatives and 139 members of the Working Family Party.
7,400 of the county’s registered voters are unaffiliated.