by Carol Thompson
The race for Oswego County Treasure is on.
The position will be on the ballot in November’s general election and it appears three of the four major parties will have a candidate.
The Oswego County Republican Committee recently endorsed Fred Beardsley, who was appointed to the position in April to replace John Kruk, who retired before his term had ended.
According to Oswego County Conservative Chairman Ronald Greenleaf, his party has a candidate as well.
The Conservatives handed out endorsements earlier this week and Beardsley was not among them, in fact, several Republicans interviewed said they were questioned about their affiliation with Beardsley by the Conservative Committee members.
In the past, candidates for county offices had been questioned about their relationship with Beardsley, causing the Republicans to call for boycotts of the Conservatives.
The boycott this year apparently didn’t work as Greenleaf said several Republican legislature candidates received the nod of the party, including Kevin Gardner and Terry Wilbur.
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by Carol Thompson
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 officials 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.
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