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Suffolk Democrats seek to deny Ray Perini Reform Party line

As if Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini didn’t have enough ballot lines in the county district attorney’s race, the Democratic Party has circulated petitions to wage a write-in primary to wrest the Reform Party line from Republican DA candidate Ray Perini.

Even though Sini already has the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Families lines, Democrats used the process known as “Opportunity to Ballot” to create a write-in primary.

Perini, the designated Reform Party candidate, will be listed on the Sept. 12 primary ballot, but Reform Party voters can write in any name they want. Democrats only needed to get signatures of six Reform Party members to qualify for the write in primary.

Both sides will have to scour the voter rolls to find party voters, as there are only 122 registered in the Reform Party countywide. The party began in 2014 as an independent ballot line called “Stop Common Core” and later changed its name. It is run by former Guardian Angel head Curtis Sliwa.

“I think they are being piggish,” Perini said when told of the Democratic maneuver. “I was endorsed by theReform Party and will talk to all the Reform Voters before the primary.”

Rick Brand

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