White Plains mayoral race headlines Primary DayPosted: Updated:
Polls are open across the Hudson Valley as people cast their votes in some hotly contested races on Primary Day.
One race that News 12 is watching closely is for the office of White Plains mayor. According to the White Plains Democratic Committee, there has not been a Democratic primary for mayor in the city in 10 years.
Incumbent Tom Roach has been serving as mayor since 2011 and is seeking his second term in office. He's fighting a challenge from White Plains Common Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona.
Lecuona served on the council since 2008. Lecuona also accepted the Republican and Conservative parties nominations for mayor, which means even if she loses in today's Democratic primary, she will still have the Republican and Conservative line in the November election.
Roach greeted poll workers at George Washington Elementary School early this morning.
Both candidates know voter turnout for primaries is historically low, so they've been trying to rally their supporters to come out to the polls. "We were concerned that maybe people would forget that it's Sept. 12, and they would forget to vote, so we spent a lot of time getting out there reminding people," says Roach. "In a place like White Plains, the Democrats are overwhelming in numbers so sometimes primaries define the actual election, especially in this case,” says Lecuona.
In addition to the mayoral primary in White Plains, there is also a primary for Common Council in White Plains.