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Gildersleeve will appear in GOP primary

By Stephen Williams
Friday, August 2, 2013

A state Supreme Court judge has rejected an effort to have Jeff Gildersleeve thrown off the ballot for Saratoga County sheriff in a Sept. 10 primary.

Judge Ann C. Crowell ruled Thursday that Gildersleeve’s nominating petitions were valid, rejecting the contentions in a lawsuit filed by Michael Zurlo, the Republican Party-endorsed candidate.

The full ruling is available below.

“This is a huge win for the voters of Saratoga County and the Republicans who support me as the most qualified and experienced candidate for sheriff,” said Gildersleeve in a statement. “This lawsuit was an Albany-style political maneuver from a campaign that knows it isn’t gaining grassroots support. I’m working to give the voters of Saratoga County a voice, a voice my opponent is scared to hear and one he desperately tried to silence.”

A full story on the legal challenge and the ruling is available HERE.

Zurlo and Pam Butler, a resident of Stillwater, sued to have Gildersleeve removed from the Sept. 10 ballot, alleging his nominating petitions were defective.

“The petitioners have failed to meet their burden to establish the candidate intended to deceive potential voters ... or that voters were confused by the candidate’s identity,” Crowell wrote.

James Walsh of Schenectady, the lawyer who represented Zurlo, said he’s reviewing the decision with Zurlo before deciding whether to appeal.

“We said from the beginning there is a real question of law that should be decided by a judge,” Walsh said.

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