Malick files independent Senate petition

Pramilla Malick, the environmental activist competing with Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger in a Democratic primary on Sept. 13 for the 42nd Senate District seat, has filed an independent-party petition that would guarantee her a spot on the general election ballot, regardless of the primary outcome, if the petition withstands a challenge.

Malick, a Minisink resident who also ran for Senate in 2016, filed a “Stop Corruption Party” petition with 3,342 signatures – 342 above the minimum – on Aug. 23, according to the state Board of Elections. Two people submitted general objections on Aug. 27 and have until Tuesday to specify alleged flaws that could disqualify the petition.

Malick earlier had petitioned to force a write-in primary on Sept. 13 to challenge Republican candidate Annie Rabbitt for the Reform Party line on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Metzger, who was endorsed by the Working Families and Women’s Equality parties to run on their ballot lines, is campaigning for write-in support in the Reform Party primary, which is open to unaffiliated voters.

The third-party lines and possible independent line mean both Democrats could wind up in the general election, a potential help for Rabbitt in a close race. However the Democratic primary turns out, Metzger is sure to be on the Working Families and Women’s Equality lines in November, and Malick is certain to be on the ballot as well if she wins the Reform write-in primary or her “Stop Corruption” petition is found valid.

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