Challengers to Democratic-endorsed candidates for City Council have begun the petitioning process for the September 16 primary. They will need certified signatures from five percent of registered Dems in their respective districts to qualify for the ballot.
How the candidates match up is still a work in progress pending petitioning approval. August 12 is the deadline to submit signatures.
Endorsed candidates for City Council by district running on Mayor Bill 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.
No endorsement in the 135th District because incumbents Mary Lee and Richard Salter, supporters of Joe Ganim, rejected the top line to be on Ganim’s line. They will petition onto the ballot.
So far potential ballot qualifiers include 130th District John Marshall Lee and Tyisha Toms; 131, George Cruz; 132, incumbent Bob Halstead and former City Council President Lisa Parziale; 137, Teresa Davidson; 138, former city councilor Leticia Colon and Tyreke Bird.
Anthony Paoletto, a Ganim supporter who recently replaced his dad Richard Paoletto on the town committee, is also weighing a run for City Council in the Upper East Side 138th District as well as Nessah Smith. There’s some confusion in the district because incumbent Melanie Jackson has pondered rejecting the endorsement to run on Ganim’s line.