Thank you to all the volunteers who walked petitions that enabled me to qualify on the Independence, Working Families and Democrat lines for June 25th Primary and the November 5th General election.
Many of you out there already know about petitions. Any candidate wishing to be on the ballot in this years’ election needed to collect 5% of the total number of registered voters signatures for each party line a candidates are seeking in order to qualify.
Sounds easy… right? Not so much!
Being a registered Independence Party member, I walked Independence Party petitions. For the Independence petitions you need a car and a driver because these folks don’t all live on the same street or the same neighborhood for that matter. Nor are they all home when you’re out there doing petitions. Sometimes you have to go back three or four time before you catch someone home. Then you need to factor in that there are other candidates out there striving for the same signatures and you need to get to them before they do or they don’t count. Who ever thought this up? Almost seems like a cruel joke but folks it’s no joke. It is the price candidates pay to be part of the process.
This year New York State moved the Primary up to June 25th, so, all us candidates were out in the snow, ice and rain depending on the day. Rarely… sunny. One thing for sure, it was cold every day. Trying to wrangle your coat, boots, gloves and keep your petitions dry so the ink wouldn’t run was a challenge!
You really need to have a sense of humor.
So… your driver pulls up to the end of the driveway, you jump out, hike up to the door trying not to fall on your face on the icy sidewalk and… they’re not home. Get back in the car drive to the next home, hike up to the door and they’re not home! Oh well, back to the car. By the tenth house you are praying someone is home. Your hands are frozen, your hair is wet from the snow and you walk up to the door thinking, “Please, please, please, be home”. Then it happens… some one is home. You can hardly believe it when the person at the door says, “Sorry, that person moved last year”… back to the car.
You might think, “Wow what a bust of a day!”. Fortunately, I did manage to catch many Grand Islanders at home. I had the opportunity to talk to them and find out what their hopes and concerns for Grand Island were.
They talked about there not being much for the kids to do on the Island. (I complained about that when I was a kid.)
Some talked about the new bike path and how they are looking forward to taking their kids on their bikes where it is safe for them to ride. Some still would rather there was a road there.
Spectrum service was a popular subject but not pleasant. No one seems to be happy with their service. A good reason to take another look at broadband.
They talked about why they settled on Grand Island. They want the Island to maintain the same friendly small town feeling that drew them here. Families want more recreation for their kids. Not just sports, but art and technology programs too.
They voiced support for the local Mom & Pop businesses and appreciate that we need to provide services to the community. They are not opposed to development. They just want it to be controlled and appropriate for Grand Island.
One gentleman told a story of his son attending a town board meeting for a government class. He asked his son what he learn and he said, “Wow and people say kids are rude.” Sad. Our Children are watching and we are not setting a good example. We need to do better.
Yes, there were some comments I wouldn’t put in print. People are passionate when it comes to their hometown! I appreciated their honesty.
I actually like doing petitions, it gives me a chance to meet and talk to the people that really matter in all this craziness they call campaigning… YOU!
Yeah! I got the word… I qualified for the Democrat, Working Families and Independence Party ballots. Thank you to all the dedicated committee members, friends and relatives who walked petitions in the cold, snow and freezing rain for me and my running mates to put us on the ballots. Our team collected nearly 1,000 signatures. Now that is dedication for you!
Well, all deadlines have come and gone. I obtained all the signatures I needed to qualify as a candidate for the Democrat, Independence & Working family ballots for Tuesday, June 25th Primary and Tuesday, November 5th, General Election.
Primary: You will see me on the Independence Party line on the primary ballot. I will be the ONLY Registered Independence Party candidate on the Ballot. Please help me return to the town council and continue to be your Independent voice … Tuesday, June 25th.
Town Judge candidates have the ability to run on all lines, so I believe there will be primaries on all lines for the town Justice.
I think you will be surprised this year with the choices out there. Get educated and get to know the candidates. Take a look at all the candidates before making your decision. This year you have a choice!