Colin Schmitt avoids primary on Reform Party line

The state Board of Elections has invalidated an effort to force a Reform Party primary in the race for the 99th Assembly District.

An opportunity-to-ballot petition carried by a member of Assemblyman James Skoufis’ staff has been invalidated. The ¬†decision will stop a Reform Party primary against Republican challenger Colin Schmitt, who’s facing off against Skoufis, D-Woodbury.

Here’s what happened: Records show that Patrick Ziegler, a member of the the petition’s “committee to receive notices,” signed an affidavit saying he didn’t authorize his name to be on the petition and asked the Board of Elections to find the ballot invalid.

To be clear, Ziegler isn’t someone that actually signed the petition but is one of five people listed on the petition that acts as contacts for the petition. Petitions generally have up to a five-member committee on them to act as contacts and in this case it’s was five Reform Party members.

Ziegler was disqualified, making the petition invalid and stopping an opportunity to ballot on the Reform Party line. That would have allowed primary voters to fill in a name on that line. Now they will not.

Skoufis will carry the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. Schmitt will carry the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines in the Sept. 13 primary.¬† The 99th District consists of nine Orange County towns and Stony Point in Rockland.

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