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Legislature’s District 17 seat will be on ballot

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County legislature seat vacated by the death of Mary Flett will be on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

Oswego County Board of Elections Commissioner Dick Atkins said candidates for the District 17 seat will selected by statutory parties.

“We will ballot the position,” he said.

Rather than the usual circulation of nominating petitions to place a name on the ballot, the selection will be done by party committees.

The selection is completed by a process known as a certificate of nomination.

Each of the qualifying political parties can submit the name of a candidate to be placed on the November ballot.

The process begins with a notification from the county clerk’s office and that has been received, Atkins said.

“The parties will meet and come up with a person they would like to run,” Atkins said. “They will submit the certification and the names will be on the ballot.”

The legislature can appoint a person to fill the position through midnight Dec. 31, Atkins noted.

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