If legal challenges don't change things, there will probably be a Republican primary in the 114th Assembly District this Sept. 15, and three names on the Nov. 2 ballot no matter how the primary turns out.
There is a possibility that enough designating petitions could be thrown out by legal challenges to knock someone off the ballot, but as of now, it looks like incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, David Kimmel and Rudy Johnson have all gathered more than enough signatures to secure their ballot spots.
Duprey, whose petition pages held 20 signatures each (the other two had pages that held 10 each) said in a telephone message that she got somewhere between 1,500 and 1,700 signatures on the Republican line; that's the most of the three candidates. Anyone seeking a spot on the Republican or Democratic line needs a minimum of 500 signatures. Duprey also said she needed 215 signatures for the Independence Party line and got "substantially more than that."
State law requires the signatures of 500 people or 5 percent of a party's registered voters in a district, whichever is smaller.
Kimmel, who is going to challenge Duprey in a Republican primary in September, said he got about 1,240 Republican signatures. He also got 113 Conservative signatures; about 40 would be required for that line.
Johnson's campaign filed 994 signatures to run on the Democratic Party line, campaign manager William Duryea said in an e-mail; they needed 500.
"Several additional petitions have come in to us since we have filed, so our total collected is over 1,000," Duryea added.
Kimmel said in an e-mail his team did a "tremendous job" and had the minimum required number of signatures by noon on June 15, just a week after petition-gathering started. He said more than 90 percent of the people asked in most towns agreed to sign his petitions, including 100 percent in St. Armand and more than 80 percent in Peru, where Duprey lives.
Incumbent Teresa Sayward of Willsboro was the only person to have filed to run for the neighboring 113th Assembly District, on the Republican and Independence lines.
Incumbent Betty Little of Queensbury was the only person to file in the 45th state Senate district, on the Republican, Independence and Conservative lines.
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