Gossips has learned that an oversight is putting Nick Haddad's run for mayor in jeopardy. Haddad is a registered Republican, and for him to run as a Democrat, two documents had be filed: a Wilson Pakula authorization and an acceptance of the line. The former was filed in a timely manner; the latter was not.
To correct the situation, the Democrats are collecting signatures on an "opportunity to ballot" petition. When signed by at least 92 Democrats registered in the City of Hudson, the petition will enable an open Democratic primary for mayor in September. In an open primary, Democrats can write in a candidate for mayor, and the candidate receiving the most votes will be on the Democratic line in the general election.
Although Haddad's place on the Democratic line is not assured at this point, his name will still appear on the ballot in November. Haddad has been endorsed by the Working Families Party, and he will be the mayoral candidate on that line.
Hudson Democratic Committee chair Victor Mendolia has advised Gossips that Democrats registered in the City of Hudson who wish to sign the opportunity to ballot petition can do so tonight between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. at the home of Nick and Carrie Haddad, 29 South Second Street.
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