Wins with highest number of write-in votes in all county-wide races
Despite the failed attempt of the Peekskill Democratic Party Chairwoman Marina Ciotti and challenger Duane Jackson to not allow the voters to choose John Testa, the election went ahead as scheduled. The NYS Supreme Court threw out the frivolous suit brought by Ciotti and Jackson and subsequently the NYS Appellate Court refused to allow them to take away choice from the voters of Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown.
Nine County Legislators were involved in similar primaries throughout Westchester County. In all nine the Republican challengers were required to first obtain enough signatures from Independence Party members to allow the write-in election to take place and then receive enough write-in votes on election day to win the nomination. Testa received 127 write-in votes, the highest number of write-in votes of all the races taking place in the September 10th primary.
“I would like to thank the Independence Party voters from Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown who came out to write my name in on Primary Day to support me in the election,” Testa said. “The results of this primary election throughout the county sends a strong message to the electorate and especially the bosses of the Independence Party that the public will not tolerate backroom deals and party corruption but demands fair, open and transparent elections,” Testa added.
“The rank and file Independence voters of Legislative District 1 have spoken loud and clear by overwhelmingly supporting John Testa. For so many to come to the polls and write in the name of a candidate who was kept off the ballot by the party bosses, it shows how much they understand and appreciate the great job John has done in representing them in the County Government. It was a great win on every level,” commented Peekskill GOP Chairman Vincent Vesce.
In all nine county races the Independence Party bosses supported only Democratic candidates. On Primary Day Republicans won five of the races. In all five the Republican challenges were required to obtain their votes with write-ins while their Democratic challengers’ names appeared on the ballot. Winning their primaries was County Legislators Sheila Marcotte, Bernice Spreckman and Jim Maisano along with new candidate John Verni.
Testa will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines in November.