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Yorktown To Hold Independence Party Vote In September

Yorktown will have an independence primary in September after the Yorktown GOP, led in part by Councilman Terrence Murphy, submitted more than enough signatures to add the primary. Murphy won election as an Independence write-in in 2011.
Yorktown will have an independence primary in September after the Yorktown GOP, led in part by Councilman Terrence Murphy, submitted more than enough signatures to add the primary. Murphy won election as an Independence write-in in 2011. Photo Credit: Courtesy Terrence Murphy

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Town of Yorktown will hold an Independence Party primary on Sept. 10.

Earlier this month, the endorsed candidates from the Yorktown Republican Town Committee turned in more than 190 Opportunity To Ballot signatures in order to give Independence Party voters a choice in a September primary for town supervisor, Town Board and highway superintendent, according to a news release from the committee.

""Due to down County political deals, the party bosses hand-picked one candidate for each office," said Councilman Terrence Murphy, a 2011 Independence Party Opportunity To Ballot -winner, in the release. "The people of Yorktown however, have said 'no deal.' Now the voters of the Independence Party will have a choice in September on who should carry their standard."

In September 2011, Murphy garnered nearly 70 percent of the vote over Legislator Mike Kaplowitz as a write-in candidate in the Independence Party primary, according to the release.

"A huge number of voters have stated their desire to cast a vote for the candidate of their choice this year," Murphy said in the release. "I hope we won't see the political brinksmanship by our opponents to try and disenfranchise the voices of those who want to fulfill their basic right of choosing their elected officials." Opportunity to Ballot petitions were also submitted for the Independence line for county executive, county legislator District 1, county legislator District 4 and on the Conservative line for town supervisor, Town Board and highway superintendent, according to the release.

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