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Jefferson County Board of Elections invalidates six nominating petitions for 2013 races

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At a 2 p.m. public hearing Tuesday, the Jefferson County Board of Elections invalidated six nominating petitions for 2013 political races.

A petition from David H. Bain to run on the Republican line for highway superintendent in the town of Alexandria was invalidated after Daniel B. Peterson objected to Mr. Bain’s petition.

The petition was removed for lack of sufficient signatures, reducing a three-way race for the superintendent position to a field of two candidates.

Petitions from William E. Elk, Fairman S. Sutton, James R. Hagan and Timothy J. Honeywell, who all filed to run for seats on the Jefferson County Republican Committee from the town of Alexandria, were invalidated after Ronald G. Thompson, who also is running for the committee from the town of Alexandria, objected to the petitions.

The petitions were removed for lack of sufficient signatures.

There are now two candidates running for two committee seats in District 1, six candidates running for two committee seats in District 2 and six candidates running for two committee seats in District 3 in the town of Alexandria.

A petition from Stacey Berry to run for supervisor of the town of Rodman on the Democratic line was invalidated after Walter M. Gallo objected to Mr. Berry’s petition.

The petition was rejected because the incorrect date was listed in the preamble of the form.

Republican Gary R. Stinson is now running unopposed for supervisor of the town of Rodman.

On July 30, the board will rule on an objection filed Monday to a nominating petition of Michael F. Astafan, who is running for re-election to the District 6 seat on the Jefferson County Board of Legislators on the Democratic line.

Jonathan L. Hirschey, who is running for the District 6 seat on the Republican line, filed an objection to Mr. Astafan’s Working Families Party petition.

Mr. Astafan said last Tuesday that, though he still has support from the party, his Working Families petition had been rejected because of a formatting issue.

The board has seen an increased level of interest and competition in local races this year, according to Republican Election Commissioner Jerry O. Eaton and Democratic Election Commissioner Babette M. Hall.

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