Wednesday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for petitioning candidates to submit signatures to the Registrar’s Office to qualify for the September 16 Democratic primary. Joe Ganim has qualified to challenge party-endorsed incumbent Bill Finch for mayor. Mary-Jane Foster, Howard Gardner and Charlie Coviello are awaiting word if they have secured the roughly 1900 certified signatures to play in the mayoral primary.
A number of challengers for City Council have qualified to face endorsed candidates. They needed certified signatures from five percent of registered voters in their respective districts.
In the West Side 132nd District Lisa Parziale and Bob Halstead will face party endorsed Evette Brantley and John Olson; in the East Side 137th District Maria Valle and Juan Hernandez will challenge party endorsed Milta Feliciano and Aidee Nieves; in the 138th District Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith will challenge endorsed candidates Melanie Jackson and James Morton. Leticia Colon and Ty Bird are also candidates trying to qualify for a primary in the Upper East Side District.
In the 135th District incumbents Mary McBride Lee and Richard Salter, supporters of Joe Ganim, rejected the top line to be on Ganim’s line. They have successfully petitioned.
Other council challengers are also trying to qualify such as John Marshall Lee and Tyisha Toms in the 130th District against party endorsed Katie Bukovsky and Scott Burns.
Endorsed candidates for City Council by district running on Finch’s line:
130, Katie Bukovsky, Scott Burns; 131, Jack Banta, Denese Taylor-Moye; 132, Evette Brantley, John Olson; 133, Tom McCarthy, Jeanette Herron; 134, Michelle Lyons, AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia; 135, no endorsement; 136, Joe Casco, Alfredo Castillo; 137, Milta Feliciano, Aidee Nieves; 138, James Morton, Melanie Jackson; 139, James Holloway, Eneida Martinez-Walker.