Aligning the Primary Election calendars in New York state means that New Yorkers will not have to vote two or three separate times in Primary Elections for different levels of government. It also means that local candidates in 2019 will have until April 4th to file petitions in towns which do not caucus to select candidates. This is a significant change from previous years.
In 2017, filing petitions for local office was performed in early July – this gave campaign teams the relatively warm month of June to collect signatures to get their candidates on the ballot. This corresponded to local/state Primary Elections occuring in September in New York State. However, with federal primaries occurring in June or July, federal office petitioning had to occur much earlier. With the impending electoral reforms, local elections will shift their calendars to align with federal elections in 2019.
You can learn more about the petitioning process here.
The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee has put out a call for those interested in running for office with a Democratic Party endorsement to contact them by February 10th.
Other town committees across Saratoga County will be looking for a candidates as well. If you are interested in running for office, or want to know more about running for office, let us know.