Monday, August 3, 2009

Hudson Dems Succeed at Invalidating Three Competitor's Faulty Petitions

In his role as Chair of the Hudson City Democratic Committee, Victor Mendolia has successfully challenged three defective petitions of rivals for the November election.

The Independence Party petitions for Tracy Decker, candidate for 2nd Ward Supervisor and Samuel Santiago, candidate for 4th Ward Supervisor were thrown out by the Columbia County Board of Elections. Both candidates will still appear on the ballot on the Republican and Conservative lines. Decker is challenging Supervisor Ed Cross. Supervisor Cross is the longest serving Democrat on the Board of Supervisors and was the first person of color elected to the body. Santiago is challenging Supervisor William Hughes Jr., one of the most active Supervisors and the only other person of color on the Board.

Most noteworthy is the invalidation of the Republican Party petition for Paul Davey in the 3rd Ward Alderman race. The petition was submitted with an insufficient number of signatures to qualify for the Republican line on the ballot. The invalidation of this petition means that there will be no challenger to Aldermen Ellen Thurston and Chris Wagoner in the November election, assuring their re-election.

Regarding the invalidated petitions, Chairman Mendolia said, "Although we find the election law arcane and unnecessarily burdensome, there are basic rules that all candidates and political parties must adhere to. Collecting sufficient and legitimate signatures from 5% of the registered voters in a particular political party in order to qualify for that party's line on the ballot, is what each candidate must deliver. As all of the Democratic candidates endorsed by the Hudson City Democratic Committee followed the rules, it was my obligation as Chair to challenge these clear violations of the election law".

To see the Board of Elections determinations click here.
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