Thursday, July 27, 2017

Local Election Update

Gossips has received word that the petitions of the following people seeking to be Democratic candidates have been ruled invalid: Henry Haddad, First Ward alderman; Willette Jones, Second Ward supervisor; and Earl Swanigan, mayor. The reasons why the petitions were determined to be invalid have not yet been disclosed, but a common problem is that they do not have the required number of valid signatures--that is, signatures of registered Democrats residing in Hudson who have not already signed the petition of someone else in the same race.

The rulings eliminate the need for a Democratic primary for mayor and for Second Ward supervisor. Rick Rector is the Democrats' candidate for mayor; Abdus Miah is the Democrats' candidate for Second Ward supervisor. Although not a Democratic candidate, Willette Jones will appear on the ballot in November as the Working Families candidate for Second Ward supervisor.

The Democratic primary on September 12 will involve the following races and candidates:

Tom DePietro and Steve Dunn for Common Council president

First Ward
Rob Bujan, Michael O'Hara, and Kamal Johnson for alderman (two seats)

Second Ward
Dewan Sarowar, Tiffany Garriga, and Victor Mendolia for alderman (two seats)

Third Ward
John Friedman and Michael Chameides for supervisor

Fourth Ward
John Rosenthal, Lauren Scalera, and Rich Volo for alderman (two seats)
Linda Mussmann and Bill Hughes for supervisor

As a reminder of where the new ward boundaries are, here's the map of the five wards of equal population:


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