Legal Challenge Would Get Watertown Judge Candidate Tossed Of Party LinePosted: Updated:
There's a legal challenge to get a Watertown City Judge candidate tossed off an independent party line.
We're talking about Anthony Neddo, a Republican who will face incumbent Democrat Catherine Palermo in next Tuesday's primary elections.
Neddo is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines as is Palermo, even though she is a Democrat.
Neddo created a fourth line, the Law and Order Party. That's where the issue lies.
A Watertown woman is asking state Supreme Court to throw out Neddo's independent nominating petition, saying it's invalid.
The woman, Irene Riley, claims Neddo couldn't be a witness to the signatures on his Law and Order petition because he's not qualified.
She said Neddo is unqualified because he already signed the Republican nominating petition, which means he's not eligible to sign a different party petition. She argues that because Neddo is not eligible to sign the Law and Order petition, he's not qualified to be a witness.
She filed a complaint with the Jefferson County Board of Elections, but the two commissioners were divided in their ruling.
Democratic Commissioner Babette Hall ruled in favor of Riley's complaint, while Republican Commissioner Jude Seymour ruled against it.
That means means the Law and Order party line will remain on the ballot.
Riley has now filed a challenge in state Supreme Court. It's unclear when the court will make a ruling.