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

— In 2013, like years past, the Republican committee selected candidates by following our normal process. Because committee people are actively involved, if they want to run, they can come forward at any time during the selection process and express a desire to interview before the committee. On Feb. 12, we sent a note to Sarah Hall of the Eagle Star-Review asking her to publish an ad seeking candidates for all our open elected town positions. Once all the potential candidates have sent their resumes to the committee chairman with a letter asking to be considered as a candidate, the chairman calls a committee meeting. Each potential candidate will come before the committee at that meeting and present, himself or herself. After all interested people have been interviewed, the committee will vote by weighted ballot. The weight of each committee person’s ballot is based on the amount of registered voters in his orher assigned district.

On April 18, the committee met, listened to potential candidates speak and then voted by private ballot. Out of 51 committee people, 47 voted by attending the meeting or by absentee ballot. Representatives from the Board of Elections (BOE) are present to oversee the process and tally the votes. The names of the winning candidates are sent to the Onondaga County Republican Committee.

When they receive the names of selected candidates at county headquarters, a group of volunteers are assembled to create the petitions that need to be carried for the 2013 election year. Once the petitions are created the Board of Elections (BOE) provides street sheets that contain all the registered Republicans broken down by election district. Starting on June 4, each committee member was required to carry the petitions in the district they represent and obtain as many signatures as possible. The BOE tells each town how many signatures total are required to insure their candidates will be on the ballot. This number is 5 percent of the registered Republican voters who live in the district for the office up for election. For example, in 2013, the Cicero committee needed 337 valid Republican signatures for their candidates seeking town wide office to make it on the ballot. The committee collected and submitted 704 signatures to the BOE before the July 11 submission deadline.

Again, we believe the method of candidate selection we use is impartial and involves the maximum amount of registered voters. While knocking on doors and collecting signatures during the hot summer months is very hard work for our committee people, they do it every year and never complain because they all know this method of selection insures we get the quality candidates to vie for the open positions and that 704 registered Republicans have validated the decision made by 51 committee people.

Jim Corl, Sr., is a member of the Cicero Republican Committee.

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