How are candidates for office chosen in the town of Cicero?

— This year more than 6,100 people were eligible to attend the caucus, but only 34 did so. There was no opposition to the town councilor candidates, so the record shows that they were nominated unanimously. There were two candidates for town supervisor.

These two candidates were given the choice of a secret ballot or an open vote. Because ballots had not been prepared in advance, both candidates agreed to an open vote. All attendees (with the exception of the BOE Democratic chair) were asked to stand for their candidate. The current nominee, Judy Boyke, won 20 to 14.

So, less than .6 percent of the eligible voters chose the Democratic candidate. And of those people, the candidate garnered 59 percent of that vote.

Perhaps, in two years, we, as committee members, can do a better job of getting more people to the caucus. All Cicero Democrats should embrace the process and participate.

Deborah V. Gardner is a member of the Cicero Democratic Committee.

How the Cicero Republican Party selected candidates to run in 2013

By Jim Corl, Sr.

The Republican Committee in Cicero feels very strongly that the entire committee should be involved in the candidate selection process and that the registered Republican voters in all the election districts of Cicero should then approve of those candidates. That is why we follow the process we do; the selection should not be based on the opinions or decisions of a very few, which is why we do a town-wide petition process and not a caucus selection process.

The town of Cicero is comprised of 26 election districts, and both major parties are allowed two committee members per district. The Republican Committee in Cicero consists of 52 committee slots to cover the 26 districts; we currently have 51 people. You become a committee person in most cases by coming forward and expressing an interest and having a desire to get involved and work to help candidates. Once on the committee, your primary obligation is to pass candidates petitions in your designated district every year and for yourself every two years to remain on the committee. This way, registered Republicans who live in the election district are approving the individuals who represent their district.

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