by Karthik Venkataraman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC)– City auditor Marty Masterpole’s name will appear on the Syracuse Democratic mayoral primary ballot this fall.
It was a moment of relief for Masterpole.
He won his appeal in front of the Onondaga County Board of Elections commissioners, making it official that he has enough valid signatures to be on his party’s primary ballot.
In a nearly six hour hearing, Masterpole appealed that signatures in question should count in cases of errant marks on petitions, change of dates on petitions and illegible signatures.
“It’s a little relief and we’re full steam ahead here on the campaign trail and we look forward to a victory first in September for the primary and then hopefully again in November,” Masterpole said after his hearing.
Masterpole is now focusing on raising money for his campaign through media outlets and knocking on voters doors. It was something that concerned him prior to the hearing, but he says he feels better about it now that he will be on the ballot.
“Unfortunately this process had handcuffed me a little bit because it’s tough to raise money and ask people to support you when the sense of not being on the ballot is there,” Masterpole said.
But now that he has the board’s approval, Masterpole will look to make up for lost time on the campaign trail.
Democratic mayoral candidate Alfonso Davis will go through the same process Friday at 2 p.m. with his petition signatures in a hearing with the board.