The process starts

FONDA — The Montgomery County Board of Elections will be accepting 2017 political party primary petitions from candidates seeking 69 local offices starting Monday and ending Thursday.

Political party primaries in New York state are scheduled for Sept. 12 and the general election is set for Nov. 7.

June 6 was the first day candidates could begin collecting signatures. To get on the ballot for an office in a party’s primary a candidate must have the unique signatures of 5 percent of the voters registered for that party in that municipality. In cases when there are two or more of the same type of office up for election, such as two town council offices, signers may sign as many petitions as there are offices up for election.

Candidates looking to run without party affiliation as independents can begin collecting signatures July 11 and will have from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22 to file petitions. To run as an independent, a candidate must gather signatures equaling 5 percent of the total number of party-affiliated registered voters in a municipality. Voters of any party can sign an independent candidate’s petition.

Montgomery County

Three countywide officers are up for election this year: county executive, which has a four-year term and the county coroner for District 1 and District 2, which each have a four-year term.

The signature requirements for countywide primary elections are: Democratic Party, 463; Republican Party, 484; Conservative Party, 34; Green Party, 3; Working Families Party, 6; Independence Party, 78; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate for a countywide race in Montgomery County a candidate must collect 638 signatures.

City of Amsterdam

All five city alderman positions are up for election, each of them with a two-year term of office. A three-year term Citizens Review Board position is up for election.

Signature requirements for a citywide primary elections in Amsterdam are: Democratic Party, 197; Republican Party, 128; Conservative Party, 10; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 3; Independence Party, 23; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party 1.

Primary signature requirements vary by city ward based on the number of registered voters per party with the 1st Ward requiring the highest number of signatures for every party, except the Independence Party. The signature requires for the 1st Ward are: Democratic Party, 46; Republican Party, 38; Conservative Party, 3; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 5; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party 1. Amsterdam’s 3rd Ward requires 6 signatures to run in the Independence Party primary. The lowest number of Democratic Party signatures needed to run for alderman is 36 in the 2nd Ward, and the lowest number of Republican signatures needed to run is 21 in the 4th Ward.

To run as an independent candidate for a citywide race 190 signatures are needed. Independent candidate signature requirements for ward races differ by the number of registered voters: 1st Ward, 56; 2nd Ward, 34; 3rd Ward, 39; 4th Ward, 29; and 5th Ward, 35.

Town of Amsterdam

In the town of Amsterdam eight offices are up for election: town assessor, a four-year term; two town council members, each four-year terms; highway superintendent, a four-year term; town supervisor, a two-year term; tax collector, a four-year term; town clerk, a four-year term; and town Justice, a four year term.

Signature requirements for town political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 66; Republican Party, 68; Conservative Party, 5; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 11; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party 1.

To run as an independent candidate 97 signatures are needed.

Town of Canajoharie

In the town of Canajoharie four offices, each with a four-year term, are up for election: town council member; town Highway Superintendent; supervisor; and town clerk/tax collector.

Signature requirements for town political party primaries are: Democratic Part, 29; Republican Party 42; Conservative Party, 2; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 7; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 48 signatures are needed.

Town of Charleston

∫In Charleston four offices are up for election: town council member, which has a four-year term; and three two-year term offices town highway superintendent, supervisor, and town clerk/tax collector.

∫ Signature requirements for Charleston political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 14; Republican Party, 17; Conservative Party, 2; Green Party, 2; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 4; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

∫To run as an independent candidate 24 signatures are needed.

Town of Florida

In Florida six offices are up for election: town assessor, council member and town justice, each with a four-year term; and town highway superintendent, town supervisor and town clerk/tax collector, each with a two-year term.

Signature requirements for Florida political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 26; Republican Party, 35; Conservative Party, 4; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 6; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 50 signatures are needed.

Town of Glen

In the town of Glen six offices, all with four-year terms, are up for election: two town council members, highway superintendent, supervisor, town clerk/tax collector and town justice.

Signature requirements for Glen political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 20; Republican Party, 27; Conservative Party, 2; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 5; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 35 signatures are needed.

Town of Minden

In Minden there are five offices, all with four-year terms, are up for election: two council members, highway superintendent, supervisor and town clerk/tax collector.

Signature requirements for Minden political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 25; Republican Party, 46; Conservative Party, 3; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 6; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 48 signatures are required.

Town of Mohawk

In Mohawk five offices, all with four-year terms, are up for election: two council members, highway superintendent, supervisor and town clerk/tax collector.

Signature requirements for Mohawk political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 36; Republican Party, 45; Conservative Party, 3; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 7; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 56 signatures are required.

Town of Palatine

In the town of Palatine there are six offices up for election including supervisor, which has a two-year term. The other offices are: two council members, highway supervisor, town clerk/tax collector and town justice, all with four-year terms.

Signature requirements for town political party primaries are: Democratic Party, 19; Republican Party, 36; Conservative Party, 3; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party 4; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

Town of Root

In the town of Root there are five offices up for election including supervisor, which has a two-year term. The other offices are: two council members, highway supervisor and town clerk/tax collector, all with four-year terms.

Signature requirements for Root political primaries are: Democratic Party, 13; Republican Party, 21; Conservative Party, 2; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 4; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 26 signatures are required.

Town of St. Johnsville

In the town of St. Johnsville there are six offices up for election: town assessor, council member and town justice, each with a four-year term; and town highway superintendent, town supervisor and town clerk/tax collector, each with a two-year term.

Signature requirements for town of St. Johnsville primaries are: Democratic Party, 22; Republican Party, 24; Conservative Party, 2; Green Party, 1; Working Families Party, 1; Independence Party, 4; Women’s Equality Party, 1; and Reform Party, 1.

To run as an independent candidate 32 signatures are required.

By Patricia Older

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