It’s called democracy: Dems sabotage GOP Ward 9 candidate

A Republican candidate for Common Council gets knocked off the ballot in Kingston for failure to include the proper year on one of her nominating petitions, while a dead woman signs a nominating petition in Rochester. And you thought politics didn’t start until after Labor Day?

The Kingston incident is fairly routine: the opposition sneaking up on a candidate who should have known better.

Republican Deb Brown, in her second campaign for alderman in Ward 9 — she was soundly beaten by Democrat Hayes Clement in 2009 — neglected to include the year (2011) on one of her Republican nominating petitions and was booted off the ballot.


Ruling along party lines, election commissioners sent the issue to State Supreme Court Justice James Gilpatric, who ruled against Brown, leaving her out in the cold.

Brown will continue on the Conservative line and is circulating petitions on the New Beginnings Party created by GOP mayoral candidate Andi Turco-Levin last spring. In a ward with a three-to-one Democratic enrollment, Brown’s chances were in any case slim. But the scavengers who peruse these nominating petitions weren’t taking any chances with the electorate. Pity. The voters in that ward should not have been deprived of a choice based on an egregious technicality.

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  1. Sic of It

    They did the same thing to the lady running in Ward 5. Woerner paid a 74 yr old lady to go down with the list of objections he and his buddies Blaber and Madson wrote up. What a crock these guys are so afraid that someone actually wants to do some good and could beat them. Everyone knows Woerner only moved into the ward so he could run. Also could anyone tell me why a man who drives a car like that even lives in section 8 apartments anyway? All these old school good old boys have got to go. If these kind of people continue to run this city we’re up a creek without a paddle. How anyone would even consider voting for or even supporting a guy like Woerner after what he did in the Town of Ulster is beyond me. Running in Ward 5 on the premise that he loves it because it was part of his grandaddys ward so long ago. Rediculous, the only time I’ve ever seen the guy is when he came to my door looking for my vote come Primary..guess what he ain’t getting it!

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