Conservatives appealing ballot ruling
Oct 09, 2014 12:30 am
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist reports in the Albany Times-Union that New Baltimore Republican Lisa Fisher won't be on the Conservative party line in November's state Supreme Court race, after acting state Supreme Court Justice Andrew Ceresia ruled Oct. 6 that the state Board of Elections can't put Fisher on the ballot line. Albany County Conservative Party Chairman Richard Stack sued to challenge the validity of his own party's judicial convention Sept. 20 in Coxsackie. But New York Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long and other party officers who oversaw the convention filed an appeal to the ruling Oct. 7, so Fisher, who lives in New Baltimore and works in Kingston, may yet be a Conservative candidate. Fisher is on the Republican line on the ballot, against Albany Democrat Justin Corcoran, who Stack wanted to back. Margaret “Peggy” Walsh unsuccessfully tried for the Democratic nomination in September with the Times-Union reporting, "Walsh’s insurgent bid within the Democratic party has been predicated on allegations that the party has routinely bypassed qualified female and minority candidates for white men." Republicans, announcing Fisher's nomination, wrote in a press release, "There are currently no elected, female trial judges serving in the Third Judicial District, which extends from the Capital Region into the Hudson Valley and Pennsylvania state border." Albany-based Justice Joseph Teresi is retiring after 14 years on the bench. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.