Adamczyk and Herbert Off the Ballot, Franczyk Unopposed For Now
by Geoff Kelly
On Wednesday, the Erie County Board of Elections disqualified Larry Adamczyk as a candidate for the Fillmore District Common Council seat. Adamczyk allowed that he had not lived in the district long enough to qualify, while arguing that the residency requirement—one year since the last election—is unjust. His residency was short nearly a month.
Meantime, the other Fillmore District challenger, Sam Herbert, was knocked off the ballot on petition challenges. He was nine signatures short of the necessary 500 after those ruled invalid were discarded.
So the incumbent, Common Council President David Franczyk, is unopposed for now. Both candidates have three business days to appeal once the decision has been issued. A write-in campaign is also a possibility, as is an independent nominating petition, which can be filed as late as August 23. Both options offer slim possibility of success.
Also in trouble is the candidacy of the Buffalo School Board’s Ralph Hernandez, who aims to challenge Niagara District Councilman David Rivera. After challlenges, Hernandez was ruled to have just 299 valid signatures.
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