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Voters across the north country will head to the polls Tuesday in an off-year election that will focus on local county and municipal officials.

There are a pair of Supreme Court races, where in Jefferson and Lewis counties two Republicans will run unopposed while in St. Lawrence County, a Democrat and two Republicans will vie for two court seats.

In St. Lawrence County, there is a closely watched race between District Attorney Nicole M. Duve and Republican challenger Mary E. Rain. That campaign has been intense, with Ms. Rain mostly on the offensive, attacking Ms. Duve’s record, while the incumbent has been forced into the role of playing defense to the attacks.

There is also a race for coroner in St. Lawrence County, with Republicans Kevin J. Crosby and June H. Wood facing Democrat Eric Warner.

In the Legislature’s District 9, Democrat Stephen M. Putnam is facing Republican William Fobare to fill an unexpired term.

In the city of Ogdensburg, voters will select three council members from among five candidates.

At the town level, there are supervisor races in Clare, where there are three candidates seeking the office, and in Gouverneur, Lisbon, Macomb, Madrid, Morristown, Parishville, Russell and Waddington.

The region’s only female highway superintendent, Pitcairn Democrat Nancy J. McIntosh, is opposed by Republican Howard E. Ray

Contested county Legislature races in Jefferson County are in District 10, where Democrat Donna M. Bohn and Republican Jeremiah J. Maxon are vying to replace the retiring Michael Behling, and District 6, where Democrat Johnathan L. Hirschey is challenging Republican Michael F. Astafan. Gizelle J. Meeks is running unopposed for county clerk.

Important town contests in Jefferson County include Cape Vincent, where a full slate of pro-wind farm candidates are challenging the incumbent supervisor and two councilmen, and in Theresa and Rodman, where there will be contests for supervisor.

In Lewis County, all 10 Legislature seats are in play, with six contests. In four of them, a new face will grace the board in January because incumbents have decided not to run again. There is but a single supervisors’ race, in New Bremen, where Independence Party candidate Robin Grunert has challenged Democratic Supervisor Peter J. Keys.

Many other towns and one village have contested races for other positions.

Polls across the region open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

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