Malick wages write-in primary for Reform line in Senate race

Democratic Senate candidate Pramilla Malick announced this week that she’s waging a write-in primary for the Reform Party ballot line after being denied permission by party leaders to run on that and two other third-party lines.

Malick said she filed an opportunity-to-ballot petition to force a primary against Republican Annie Rabbitt for the Reform line in the 42nd Senate District race, and then overcame a challenge by her Democratic rival, Jen Metzger, over the validity of her opportunity-to-ballot petition. Metzger, a Rosendale town councilwoman, and Malick, a Minisink environmental activist, are competing in a Democratic primary on Sept. 13 to run for the Senate seat that Republican John Bonacic is vacating.

Metzger and Malick, in addition to their Democratic contest, both petitioned to run on the Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. But Malick said leaders of those two parties denied authorization for her to run, just as Reform leaders allowed only Rabbitt to run on the Reform line (Malick had petitioned for that one as well). A write-in primary gives Malick a second chance to claim the Reform line.

She noted in a press release that Reform Party is letting unaffiliated voters – those who are not enrolled in any party – vote in its primaries, expanding the pool of potential voters who could write in her name.

“There are tens of thousands of unaffiliated voters in our counties, mostly because people are so disillusioned with politics-as-usual,” Malick said. “Politicians from both major parties have time and time again sacrificed the public interest for their personal gain.”

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