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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Across the state Thursday, voters selected candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, senator, sheriff and other local positions.

In the local election for Tompkins County Sheriff, Derek Osborne has won the Democratic primary with 61 percent of the vote over Ken Lansing’s 38 percent. Osborne will be on the ballot Nov. 6 along with  Lansing on the Independence Party line and independent candidate Josh Brokaw on the “TruthSayers” ticket.

On Thursday night, Osborne shared a Facebook post on his campaign page thanking voters for their support. He said, “I’m both honored and humbled by the faith you have shown in me.”

In a statement Friday morning, Lansing congratulated Osborne and said he is “enthused” to still move forward on the Independence line.

Read the full statement from Lansing below:

Although the results for the Democratic Primary this past evening
were not in the Re-Elect Ken Lansing for Sheriff campaign’s favor, we
are motivated and driven to keep our promises and continue on in this
race. Congratulations to my opponent on his success in securing the
democratic ticket.

This is just another stepping point in the political process. We have
two months until the General Election, when more than just a small
portion of voices can be heard and the majority can speak out. Being
able to run on the Independence line provides people options and gives
people an opportunity to have their voice be heard, as we did in 2010.

I am enthused to be able to move forward and to provide valuable
insight and education to the community on various issues that have
been raised. These next two months should prove to be very

I will continue to get out into the community, as I always have, to
not only get to know the community members, but to let them get to
know me and know that we are here for them and their safety.

The Re-Elect Ken Lansing for Sheriff team is not finished! We keep our
heads held high and keep fighting the good fight. We believe in this
team and we believe in the community. That is enough motivation to
continue on.”

Audio and Transcript: Tompkins County Sheriff Forum hosted by WRFI and The Ithaca Voice

Below are the Democratic primary results comparing the overall state results to the local results in Tompkins County. In several cases, Tompkins County voters went against the majority for state races like governor and attorney general. Tompkins voters opted for Cynthia Nixon over Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial race, Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor, and Zephyr Teachout for attorney general.

Tompkins County resident and activist Amanda Kirchgessner defeated Michael Lausell for the 58th Senate District seat.

In a statement, Kirchgessner said, “I am deeply humbled and inspired by the outpouring of support for our grassroots campaign. … I have an amazing and dedicated team and I’m incredibly proud of the campaign we’ve run. I’ve met so many wonderful and amazing people across the district and I think we’ve brought new voices and perspectives to the conversation. Most of all, I want to thank everyone who voted for participating in the democratic process.”

Tompkins County Sheriff

100% reporting according to the Tompkins County Board of Elections.

Ken Lansing: 3,599 (38.22%)

Derek Osborne: 5,730 (60.85%)

Write-in: 87 (.92%)

The below results are based on the New York State Board of Elections. As of 12:20 a.m. Friday, 99 percent of districts had reported results.

On the left are the statewide results compared to the Tompkins County results on the right. In Tompkins County, 100 percent of election districts have reported


Cynthia Nixon: 34% | Tompkins County – 56%

Andrew Cuomo: 64% | Tompkins County – 43%

Lieutenant Governor

Kathy Hochul: 48% | Tompkins County – 38%

Jumaane Williams: 42% | Tompkins County – 62%

Attorney General

Sean Patrick Maloney: 24% | Tompkins County – 16%

Letitia James: 39% | Tompkins County – 14%

Leecia Eve: 3% | Tompkins County – 3%

Zephyr Teachout: 30% | Tompkins County – 67%

State Senator 58th District

100% election districts reporting, according to the NYS Board of Elections.

Amanda Kirchgessner: 54% | Tompkins County – 65%

Michael Lausell: 33% | Tompkins County – 35%

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.