The legal team of Marvin Holland, a candidate in the special election for a vacant Harlem City Council seat, is attempting to boot almost all his rivals from the ballot in the special election scheduled for February 14—including the presumptive frontrunner, current State Senator Bill Perkins.
The seat formerly belonged to Councilwoman Inez Dickens, who won election to the Assembly last fall and assumed her new state role on January 1. City law obligated Mayor Bill de Blasio to call a special election within three days of the post opening up.
Special elections for the Council are non-partisan, obligating each candidate to collect petition signatures from registered voters in the district in order to create their own original ballot line. The names of these new, unique lines cannot resemble the names of any existing party.
Holland, a Democrat who serves as legislative and political director of the Transit Workers Union Local 100, filed petitions to run on a row called Holland4Harlem—and has filed objections challenging the validity of the signatures of seven of his opponents.
Holland’s attorney, Sarah Steiner, called most of these claims “a routine filing.”
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Source: Observer (via The Empire Report)