YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Ed Ciffone hopes a write-in campaign will secure him a position on the Yorktown town board, after signatures on his original petition were challenged and deemed invalid.
Ciffone said he needed 386 signatures to secure his place on the ballot for the Sept. 13 primary and submitted 455. He was later told that some of his signatures were challenged, which left him with 36125 less than he needed.
Anyone has a right to challenge and raise objections to a ballot, but I feel like this was done just to me, the only actual Republican who wanted to be on the ballot, he said. Ive spent years campaigning for Republicans, but I guess this is politics.
Ciffone is a registered Republican, but was not endorsed by the Republican party for the town board. Instead, the party endorsed registered Democrat Dave Paganelli and registered Conservative, Nick Bianco.
What I want to do is to serve the people, and I have a history of doing that, he said. Im a veteran, Im a senior citizen, I work in Yorktown and I know so many people in town, Im a tax activist, Ive just been involved in it all and I hope that will help me.
Ciffone said the politics of it all was frustrating and prior to getting involved in his own campaign he didnt know there were so many games.
Its just heart-wrenching, he said. This is the way the election world works and it just stinks how you can just throw people out. There should be a better process, if you want to run for office you should be able to run for office.
Ciffone sent out a press release telling supporters to write in his name as "Edward Ciffone" on primary day. He said he wasn't giving up.
"I may have lost a battle, but the war isnt over yet,"
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