Ritchie files petitions for third line, Taxpayer Party
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 2:56 pm

CANTON -- St. Lawrence County Clerk Patty Ritchie, who will be on the Republican and Conservative lines in the November election for the state Senate’s 48th District, has announced that she has filed petitions with the state Board of Elections to appear on a third line, with an independent group, the Taxpayer Party.

Ritchie’s 349-page petition includes thousands of signatures -- far more than legally required, she says -- collected from Republican, Democrat and independent voters from across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

“This grassroots petition effort shows the deep and broad support for my campaign, and I am grateful to voters of the 48th Senate District for their early and strong support.”

Ritchie calculates that with the latest filing, nearly 13,000 voters have signed petitions in support of her candidacy for Senate.

“Hardworking taxpayers have had enough of Albany’s addiction to higher spending and more taxes, broken promises and policies that cost us jobs, and they eagerly signed on to support my campaign to be a fresh, independent voice for Central and Northern New York,” Ritchie said. “The old ways aren’t working and taxpayers know we need new faces and new ideas to get New York back on track.”

Ritchie is the St. Lawrence County Clerk. The 48th Senate District includes Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, and is currently represented by Democratic Sen. Darrel Aubertine, who is running to keep the seat.