Keith Gorman, in his first bid for public office, is in second place by an unofficial count of 31 votes, 678 to 647, over Corporation Counsel Ian Silverman in the Democratic Party primary for two seats on the Troy City Court Judge.
Incumbent Judge Chris Maier finished well ahead of the pack with 1014 votes.
Silverman had the backing of the Democratic Party proper – as did Maier – and late in the campaign Mayor Lou Rosamilia sent a flyer to voters endorsing the city’s top attorney.
Gorman, a long time attorney, however, seemingly came out of nowhere and was staunchly supported by the faction of Democrats headed up by Council President Rodney Wilshire.
How many absentee ballots are out is unclear.
Meanwhile, Republican Jill Kehn and Maier won the Conservative Party primary getting 133 and 110 votes, respectively. Silverman finished a distance third with 44 votes.
Maier and Kehn won the Working Families Party primary with 40 and 32 votes, respectively. Gorman finished with 21 and Silverman with 10.
Kehn and Maier won the Independence Party primary with 103 and 90 votes, respectively. Silverman and Gorman finished well back with 44 and 40 votes.
Maier and Kehn also won the Green Party primary with 8 and 5 votes, respectively while Gorman finished with 3 and Silverman with 1.
If all things remain constant after the absentees are counted and the results are deemed official, Maier will have the Democratic, Conservative, WFP, and Independence and Green Party lines in November.
Kehn will have the Republican, Conservative, WFP, and Independence and Green Party lines.
Gorman will have the Democratic Party line and Silverman will not be on the ballot.
Here is a link to all unofficial primary results in Rensselaer County.