The legality of having the office of Oswego County Clerk on the ballot in the November election is being challenged in Oswego County Supreme Court.
Lawyers for Bond, Schoeneck and King, PLLC, filed a petition Friday afternoon on behalf of James McMahon, asking the court to restrain from printing and placing the candidates’ names on the official ballots and voting machines to be used in the Nov. 6 election.
Named as defendants in the Article 78 action are the Oswego County Board of Elections; Michael Backus, both personally and as chairman of the Oswego County Republican Committee; Phillip Vasho; the Oswego County Conservative Party and chairman Ronald Greenleaf; the Oswego County Democrat Committee and chairman Mike Kunzwiler.
The Board of Elections added the position to the ballot for the Nov. 3 election, following the Sept. 3 death of George Williams.
The three political parties selected candidates at their respective committee meetings and filed a certificate of nomination for each candidate.
The Democrat Committee selected Vasho and Backus was selected as the candidate for both the Republican and Conservative committees.