Commissioners at the Board of
Elections have bounced Rensselaer Judge Kathleen Robichaud off the county court
judge ballot for an insufficient number of valid designating petitions.
According to the minutes of a
meeting held this afternoon between Larry Bugbee and Ed McDonough, the
Republican and Democratic commissioners, respectively, Robichaud failed to get
the necessary number of petitions to run on the Democratic Party line and the
Working Families Party lines.
Gina Kress objected to the
Democratic petitions filed by Robichaud and Jessica Charette filed objections
on Robichaud’s Working Families Party petitions.
Based on the commissioners’
decision, a number of Robichaud’s signatures were deemed invalid for reasons
like the voter lived in the wrong town or city, signed another petition first
or the voter was not properly enrolled in the proper party.
According to Steve Green, a senior advisor to
Robichaud’s camp, Robichaud plans to challenge the board’s decision. If she
does, it will end up in front of a Supreme Court judge.
The other Democrats running for
the Rensselaer County court seat being vacated by the retiring Judge Robert
Jacon – Rensselaer City Court Judge Carmelo Laquiadara, Troy City Court Judge
Chris Maier and attorney Brian Premo, have filed enough valid petitions to
remain on the ballot for a three-way primary in September.
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