As you probably know, in years when there is no congressional election (odd-numbered years) there are elections for local offices. In 2021, Gardiner voters will elect officials to the following offices on November 3 (Note: we do not know, at this point, whether our Democratic nominees will face opposition by Republicans or Conservatives):
This Year for Gardiner Democrats, It’s a Primary, Not a Caucus
Traditionally, for the town-level positions, the Gardiner Democratic Committee has held a caucus in late spring, with candidates for all town offices being nominated, giving speeches, and voting by all registered Gardiner Democrats in attendance. That’s a tradition we like, because it is visible participatory democracy in action. HOWEVER, this year, because of COVID, in January we decided to nominate local candidates via petitioning, with any (Democratic) contested offices decided in a June 22nd Primary Election. This year, the Gardiner Democratic Committee endorsed a slate of candidates in February and carried nominating petitions for those candidates in March, all of whom gained access to the November ballot for the Democratic Party.
Our endorsed candidates were generally unopposed, except in one instance, Town Board Member, where our two endorsed candidates, Carol Richman and Warren Wiegand were contested by a third candidate (for two seats), Todd Baker.
The only decision Gardiner Democrats will make at the June 22nd Primary Election is which two of the three candidates for Town Board will gain access to the Democratic ballot line in November.
We encourage you to support Carol and Warren in the June 22nd Democratic Primary. We will soon send out more information on their backgrounds and qualification in another message. Please stay tuned for that.
ONE MORE THING: Location, Location, Location
Voting in the June 22nd Primary Election will be at the Town Hall only. If you are a registered Democrat in Gardiner who usually votes at the Firehouse, this year you will vote at the Town Hall.
Questions about any of this can be referred to Tom Kruglinski (914) 475-3601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.