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NYC Mayor Race Round-Up

The article below by Elizabeth Benjamin at the Daily News reports a list of candidates who have already filed for Mayor on independent/non-automatic-ballot-status-third-party lines, and notes that petitions are expected from Green Party candidate Reverend Billy (William Talen). The article does not mention the Libertarian Party candidate, Joseph Dobrian, whose website does not mention the petition drive and who does not have a lot of coverage in news or blog searches on the web. The last day to file petitions for the 2009 general election NYC Mayor’s race is August 18th.

(excerpt from) The Daily News/Daily Politics Blog
The Liberals, The Socialists And…Bloomberg

August 12, 2009

[Available at the Daily Politics blog] is the ledger for independent nominating petitions filed to date by candidates who want to run on third party lines or lines of their own creation.

That includes Mayor Bloomberg, who collected signatures to create the “Jobs and Education Party.”…

Bloomberg is keeping interesting company when it comes to independent petitions. Also filing were: Francisca Villar, the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s mayoral candidate; Dan Fein, the Socialist mayoral candidate; Maura DeLuca, the Socialist Workers’ public advocate hopeful; Tom Braumann, running for Manhattan BP on the Socialist Workers line and David Casavis, seeking the same office on the Liberal Party line…

The first day to drop off independent petitions was Aug. 11. The last is Aug. 18, so expect more of these to come in – including the Green Party’s mayoral candidate, the Rev. Billy Talen…

The full article is worth reading for insight on how Mayor Bloomberg’s multiple ballot lines may play out, and thoughts on the Liberal Party’s possible fusion candidacy.


  1. MOrkel MOrkel September 13, 2009

    There is a chance for Gerson to become Mayor!

  2. SAM SAM September 13, 2009

    ALAN J GERSON contributed to the lives of young people as a member of the Board of the Chinese-American Planning Council, and the Advisory Boards of the Puerto Rican Family Institute’s New Arrivals Youth Group, and the St. Anthony of Padua after-school program. A longtime supporter of the Project Open Door Service Center and the Caring Community, Gerson contributed to a better quality of life for seniorcitizens. A supporter of the arts, he is fighting to create a folk music museum and affordable artist workspace.
    Please vote for him in District-1 Council election on Septemer 15th. To continue his good reforms.

  3. Mike Mike August 14, 2009

    “Moderate Party founder Kenneth Block said the party members had collected 33,998 signatures”

    I did not know they were collected by party members.

  4. Mike Mike August 14, 2009

    Mr. Cooper,

    Any details on that?

  5. Mike Mike August 14, 2009

    Fairly threadbare at the moment, from what I’ve seen.

  6. Donald R. Lake Donald R. Lake August 13, 2009

    Near by Rhode Island and Providence Plantations ………

    Moderate party chief says petition goal reached
    12:40 PM Thu, Aug 13, 2009 | Permalink
    By Jack Perry Email this author | Email this entry

    By John Hill
    Journal staff writer

    The head of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island is claiming that enough valid voter signatures have been certified to put the party on the statewide ballot next fall.

    Moderate Party founder Kenneth Block said the party members had collected 33,998 signatures, sorted by municipality, and submitted them to the local boards of canvassers for review.

    By law, the party needed to have at least 23,589 signatures from registered voters. Block said based on calls to individual boards of canvassers to check on how many they have verified, the party has met its goal.

    “Employees of the 39 local boards of canvassers across the state of Rhode Island have now collectively certified more than 23,700 signatures; more than enough to qualify the Moderate Party of Rhode Island as a recognized political party in Rhode Island for the 2010 elections,” Block said.

    He estimated that about a half-dozen boards were still going over their lists, and when they are finished, Block guessed the final number would be more than 25,000 signatures.

  7. Jeremy Young Jeremy Young August 12, 2009

    Getting a PSL candidate on the ballot for this race is a real achievement for La Riva and company. Their party has been in existence for only three years, which by my count makes it the fastest-growing third party in the nation during that time (for reference, the BTP was founded during the same period). Hopefully La Riva will be able to continue to grow this party and unite all the Socialists under one banner. That’s going to be difficult ideologically, however; SPUSA is a pure socialist party, SWP is a Trotskyite party, and PSL is a Castroist/Maoist party.

  8. Richard Cooper Richard Cooper August 12, 2009

    The Dobrian “campaign” is on target, according to my sources.

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