Cairo dems field no candidates

(Alice Tunison, center, with Cairo Town Clerk Tara A. Rumph, and board member Janet Schwarzenegger at the Aug. 19, 2009 Cairo town board meeting.)

Susan Campriello follows up her story about the Cairo Democrats failing to have a caucus and nominate any candidates, even though incumbent Town Board member and Democrat Alice Tunison approached them at the last minute for an endorsement, with additional reporting on her blog on the Daily Mail’s site. Campriello e-mailed State Board of Elections Deputy Special Counsel Paul Collins, who tells her Tunison, or Cairo Democrats who feel disenfranchised, could appeal to Greene County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Poelker for a caucus. But they would have to do it today, as notice of a caucus must be filed with the Town Clerk and Board of Elections at least ten days before the caucus is to be held. Notice must also either be published in a newspapers at least one week before the caucus or posted in ten public places at least ten days prior to the caucus. And that all would have to happen today to meet the Sept. 22 deadline. So Tunison’s faithful better spell her name correctly on the write-in ballots, as she has decided to press on without the Democrats.

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