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Luisa Parker out of 19th CD race after petitions declared invalid

Aug 10, 2018 6:30 am

Richard Moody is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the state Board of Elections ruled August 9, the petitions submitted by independent 19th Congressional District candidate Luisa Park of Callicoon, were invalid. Parker announced her candidacy in March, and was running on her own line called Making the Impossible Possible. The state Board of Elections considered specific objections filed by Rhinebeck Democratic Committee member Rima Liscum and concluded that Parker's campaign had not filed a sufficient number of signatures to be on the ballot. The Rhinebeck Democrats are supporting Democrat Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck in the contest. Parker has three days to appeal the board’s decision. The other 19th Congressional District independent candidates, Diane Neal of Hurley and Dal LaMagna of Rhinebeck, are facing similar challenges from Liscum. “America is a democracy of its people with laws, checks and balances,” said Neal’s mother Colleen Neal, in response to the Parker decision. “If one is going to represent New York 19 then that person must abide by the law. Diane Neal will always work within the law to represent her constituents.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.