State Sen. Patty Ritchie, a Republican from Heuvelton who has announced she is running again in the 48th District, has filed petitions at the State Board of Elections with 5,000 signatures in her support of her reelection.
Ritchie is seeking a third term in the Senate, and aims to appear on three lines—Republican, Conservative and Independence—on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The number of signatures collected for the petitions is three times the number that Ritchie needed under state election law to qualify for the ballot -- 3,681 Republican, 321 Conservative and 960 Independence party signers – in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and counties, according to Ritchie’s announcement.
Election law required Ritchie to gather 1,000 signatures for the Republican line, 145 for the Conservative line, and 436 for the Independence line.
The district includes Ogdensburg, Canton, Gouverneur, Oswegatchie, Waddington, Lisbon, Madrid, Louisville, DeKalb, DePeyster, Hermon, Edwards, Fowler, Rossie, Macomb, Morristown, and Hammond in St. Lawrence County, plus Jefferson and Oswego counties.
Ritchie filed her designating petitions at the Board of Election in Albany late Tuesday. She is seeking a third term in the tate Senate.