There will be a Democratic primary after all for the hotly contested City Council seat.
Democrats Robert Sanders and Marion Porterfield will campaign for their party’s line on the ballot. After a Sept. 13 primary, the winner will run against Republican Richard Patierne.
Sanders filed petitions for a primary after Porterfield was endorsed by the Democratic City Committee. Porterfield’s team questioned Sanders’ petitions, noting that a pre-printed line at the bottom of each page said “Schenectady County” when it should have been amended to read “Albany County.” The line referred to the home address of the witness carrying the petitions.
Sanders lost more than 150 signatures when every page carried by an Albany County man was thrown out because he did not change the county on his pages.
But in State Supreme Court, Schenectady County, on Tuesday, Sanders prevailed.
The court forgave the error and determined that the signatures were given in good faith. That gave Sanders more than enough signatures to force a primary.