Orange County executive candidate Roxanne Donnery is trying to create an independent-party ballot line to boost her vote tally in November and counter the possibility of her losing another third-party line.
As of Monday afternoon, Donnery said she and her supporters had gathered more than the 1,500 petition signatures she needed to establish a “Had Enough Party” line. Her campaign planned to collect a few hundred more names as a safeguard against invalidated signatures before the Aug. 20 filing deadline.
Donnery, a Democrat, was endorsed by the labor-backed Working Families Party to run on its line in the Nov. 5 general election. But Kiryas Joel leaders — irked by Donnery’s opposition as county legislator to their plans for a 13.5-mile water pipeline — are trying to strip her of that ballot spot through a Sept. 10 primary.
That effort will pit Donnery against a write-in candidate and could cost her the Working Families line, which won about 1,700 votes for the last Democratic candidate for Orange County executive in 2009.
Donnery’s Republican opponent, Chester Supervisor Steve Neuhaus, has secured three places on the general election ballot, since he was cross-endorsed by the Independence and Conservative parties.
New York law allows political candidates to run on more than one ballot line, which means Republicans and Democrats at all levels of government — from town councilman to congressman — typically court minor-party lines to maximize their vote totals. They also may petition to create their own parties, like Donnery’s “Had Enough Party.”