Wieder has 6 ballot lines for Assembly race

Democratic Assembly candidate Aron Wieder’s name will appear on six ballot lines on Nov. 8, the result of a series of victories in low-turnout primaries that weren’t fully evident until the names of write-in votes were tallied and the ballot lineups released this week by the state Board of Elections.

Wieder, a Rockland County legislator who’s making his third run for the 98th Assembly District, won a Democrat primary against Krystal Serrano and beat Karl Brabenec, the Republican incumbent, in a separate primary for the Independence Party line on Sept. 13. But he also won a series of write-in challenges that day, stripping Serrano and Brabenec of ballot lines for which they had been authorized and winning an open contest for the Green Party line.

The end result, according to the state’s certification of the general-election ballot, is that Wieder will run on six lines, a pile of parties with no ideological coherence: Democratic, Independence, Conservative, Green, Women’s Equality and Reform. In most state races, Republicans run on Conservative and Reform lines, and Democrats run on the Women’s Equality line and maybe the Green line. Wieder, with as few as the four votes cast in the Women’s Equality “election,” claimed them all.

Brabenec, who won a Republican primary against John Allegro on Sept. 13, will be on the GOP line and an independent-party line called “Tax Cuts Now.” He had petitioned to run on a “United Monroe” line as a maneuver to block Allegro — one of the leaders of the United Monroe citizens group — from running under the name of his own party, prompting a bitter backlash and a lawsuit by United Monroe. Ultimately, Allegro withdrew from the race, forgoing an independent-party run with Brabenec’s agreement not to use the United Monroe.

“Tax Cuts Now,” it turns out, was his alternative.

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