Petitions are in and objections are filed in the ongoing battle over the Democratic Committee in the City of Troy.
County Chair Tom Wade and his supporters filed petitions for two committee members in each of the city’s 30 Election Districts while those in the corner of Council President Rodney Wiltshire filed in 26 EDs.
The race to watch – yes, there is such a thing as a committee primary to watch – is between Wiltshire and Wade in Election District 8. Their running mates are Rev. Tim Sherman and Rebecca Sweeney, respectively.
While the petitions filed for Wiltshire and Wade have not been challenged, both sides have made objections. Objections can be for any number of reasons including improper or nonexistent witnesses to the signatures, the witnesses, the candidate or the signee not living at the proper address or someone else may have gotten the signature of a particular enrolled Democrat first.
The Democrat making the objection, the candidates they are objecting to and the Election District are as follows:
-Timothy Steele objected to Ronald Tinkler and Noel Hale in ED 15.
-Michael Barrett objected to William Campana and Chris Jackson in ED 12.
-Charlena Keels objected to Alexander Briggs and Tristen Wood, in ED 10
-Catherine Conroy objected to Robert Martiniano and Michael Rinaldi in ED 7
-John Manupella objected to Tanya Grant and Michael Grant in ED 4
-Tim McDonough objected to Tina Turner and Diane Turner in ED 2
-Suzanne Scales objecting to Alfred Cussick and Tiffany Klimek ED 1
-Robert Martiniano objecting to Catherine Conroy and Linda Meissner in ED 7
-Tyson Laboy objected to Michele Delair and Geraldine Fitzgerald in ED 11
-Ethan Wolfson-Seeley objected to former Councilman Michael Loporto and Planning Department Commissioner William Dunne in ED 17
-Councilman Kenneth Zalewski objected to Thomas Aldrich and Mary Carley in ED 24
Who controls the city committee controls the initial nomination for the next mayor. Wiltshire has political ambitions that include the possibility of running for mayor and obviously is not a “Wade guy.”
Few think Rosamilia will run for a second term and Wade would rather have a loyalist on the line such as Kopka.
Regardless of how the committee war shakes out, as I’ve written, the most effective weapon in the Democrats’ arsenal is the inept, nearly nonexistent Republican Party.
The above objections are called general, and specific objections will follow by early next week. It’s unclear when the two commissioners at the Board of Elections, Ed McDonough and Larry Bugbee, will make their initial ruling and then, depending on how they rule, some of the objections could end up in court.