State’s Political Races Begin to Come Into Focus

Last Thursday was the deadline for candidates seeking to gain the ballot line of a major political party to submit petition signatures, and today is the deadline for a candidate to accept or decline a party’s nomination.

Potential candidates who are seeking to create additional ballot lines have more time to collect the petition signatures they need to do so.

Tomorrow is the deadline for campaign finance filings, which cover January through early July.    This filing often provides an early indication as to a candidate’s ability to raise the funds needed to mount a competitive campaign.

Teachout Submits Triple the Number of Required Petition Signatures

Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University professor who is looking to challenge Gov. Cuomo in a Democratic primary in September, has submitted 46,000 petition signatures.  That is more than three times the 15,000 signatures that are required for her to get on the primary ballot.

Her campaign is preparing for the Cuomo campaign to challenge their petitions to keep her off of the ballot.  Most election law experts say a candidate with at least three times the minimum number of required signatures has a very good chance of withstanding a petition challenge.

Astorino Launches ‘Stop Common Core’ Ballot Line

Last week, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced that he has collected enough petition signatures to get the third-party line ‘Stop Common Core’ on the November ballot. It will give the Westchester County Executive a third ballot line for the November general election, in addition to the Republican and Conservative parties’ lines.

His goal is to link Gov. Cuomo to the Common Core testing standards, and to channel parental anger and frustration over Common Core into votes.

Former Educator to Challenge Marchione

Brian Howard (D-Troy), former Superintended of the Queensbury Union Free School District, announced this week that he plans to challenge incumbent Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon).

Marchione was first elected in 2012.  The 43rd Senate District includes parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties, and all of Columbia County.