Karl Warrington, Minister and Social Worker from Phelps, has decided to end his campaign to be the Democratic Candidate to run against Rep. Tom Reed. In an email that he sent to the Democratic County Chairs, he cites his full-time job, family responsibilities and that he can not give the proper time or resources as reasons to end the campaign. He praised the other, “seven incredibly gifted individuals” and said, “I will be giving my full and unwavering support to him or her in winning this House seat from Tom Reed. I will continue to fight for progressive values through my job as a social worker, as a Presbyterian Minister and as an active member of NY’s 23rd District’s Democratic Party.”
Warrington has been consistent in his message: The Reed supported GOP policies are harming the people and environment of the NY23rd. He approves of the separation of State and Religion and supports Pro-Choice. Karl, who has also lived in the Naples area, will be an effective surrogate for the ultimate candidate.
The remaining candidates have an important month a head of them, including the Chautauqua County Democratic Committee deciding whom they will endorse on Saturday, September 20. There will be a Candidate’s Forum on Tuesday, January 23 in Geneva (6 PM at the Smith Opera House) and one in Seneca Falls on Sunday, January 28 (2 PM at the Seneca Fall Community Center)
The Democratic Candidates can begin passing petitions on March 6. They need to be turned in at Albany between April 9 and 12. They need to have at least 1,250 signatures from registered NY23rd Democrats. In reality they need to have more since the petitions will be scrutinized for signature or technical errors. Those candidates meeting all of the State Board of Elections criteria will be certified by May 3 (fifty-four days before the before the June 26 Primary.)
If you have already decided which candidate you support, consider contacting him or her to volunteer to get signatures for their petitions. While petitioning you will also be promoting the candidate to democratic voters.