This blog entry has been edited to reflect corrected information. The author apologizes for the earlier misinformation.
On Tuesday, the NYC Board of Elections commissioners held hearings on designating petitions for the September 9 Primary Election. In the Bronx, Lanita Jones, a candidate for Assembly, 79 AD, was ruled
off ON the Primary Election ballot by the election commissioners for insufficient signatures. She filed 1191 signatures but the Board found fewer MORE than 500 signatures valid.
To appear on the Democratic Primary ballot, Assembly candidates must gather at least 500 signatures of registered Democrats in their district.
Ms. Jones joins George Alvarez, Raul Rodriguez, Freddie Ricks, Michael Blake and Marsha Michael as candidates vying for the 79 AD Democratic nomination.
Readers of this blog and viewers of the related YouTube channel may recall this moment during a candidates forum held at Concourse Village back in June.
Michael Benjamin is a columnist and blogger as well as a former state legislator who represented the 79 AD (2003-2010).