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Cortland County Board Elections Tosses Several Independent Candidate Petitions

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The Cortland County Board of Elections has tossed out multiple third-party petitions. In some cases, it will keep candidates off the ballot and will mean uncontested elections.

The board ruled yesterday that several independent petitions that had been filed were invalid.

Among the candidates petitions that were tossed was Stacy Kelsey. Kelsey was looking to challenge longtime incumbent democratic legislator Sandy Price in her bid for re-election. Price represents the Towns of Harford and Virgil and is the legislative minority leader.

Kristen Dye who recently challenged incumbent city Alderman Linda Ferguson in the democratic primary and lost submitted an independent petition. That petition was challenged and was initially tossed out but that decision has been reversed and Dye will now appear on the November ballot for 7th Ward Alderman.

Richard Berry who is running as the conservative candidate for County sheriff had filed an independent petition which was deemed invalid Tuesday. Republican sheriff candidate Herb Barnhart also had his petition tossed out while Democrat Mark Helms independent petition was upheld.

Derek Reynolds, who recently lost in the democratic primary race against incumbent Legislator Amy Cobb will appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for that seat.

Democrat Chad Underwood who is running for the 11th legislative district seat currently held by Republican Susan Briggs will carry an independent line. He faces a challenge from Republican Chris Newell.

In the City of Cortland’s 5th ward, Democrat Bill Carpenter will appear on the democratic and independent line as he looks to unseat Republican Cliff Dutcher.

In the 7th ward Democrat Linda Ferguson is running on the democratic and independent lines as she faces a challenge from Republican Adam MeGivern.

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