GOP Tries to Knock Amherst Clerk Candidate From Democratic Line

Oct. 11, 2018

Local and state Republicans are trying to knock the Democratic candidate for Amherst town clerk off that ballot line for next month’s election.

The GOP filed a complaint arguing Francina J. Spoth’s nomination by the Democrats is invalid. Attorneys for both parties sparred in state Supreme Court on Tuesday, and Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek is expected to issue his decision on Thursday.

Jeffrey Zeplowitz, the Republican candidate for town clerk, filed the complaint with the state Republican Party and its chairman, Edward Cox.

The Amherst town clerk position wasn’t supposed to be on the ballot this fall. But incumbent Marjory Jaeger announced on Aug. 27 that she would resign to take a job with the University at Buffalo, effective Sept. 18. Both Democrats and Republicans had to nominate candidates for the unexpected race.
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