Cayuga County Republican disqualified from the ballot is putting the word out he seeks write-in votes in the Sept. 13 primary.
Bobby Massarini of Cayuga County, one of three candidates bumped from primary ballots in the 54th state Senate race following petition challenges, is running as a write-in candidate.
“The state Board of Elections may not allow my name to be on the ballot, but they can’t stop voters from writing it in,” said Massarini, a political newcomer who co-owns Lost Kingdom Brewery and Firehouse Distillery in Seneca County.
Three Republicans from Canandaigua challenged 54th District candidate petitions. The objections led to Massarini and Afghanistan veteran Joe Geiger of Wayne County disqualified from a pool of seven Republicans. Also bumped from the ballot due to the challenge was Geneva City Supervisor Charles Evangelista, one of two Democrats running — thus eliminating a Democratic primary.
Massarini submitted a petition with 1,274 signatures, which was over the 1,000 needed. But the state Board of Elections threw out 311 signatures due to the wrong address of a campaign volunteer, which left the petition 37 shy of the minimum.
The state Board of Elections last week certified Sept. 13 primary ballots. On the GOP ballot for the 54th: former Assemblyman Sean Hanna of Webster; Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming; Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow; Floyd Rayburn, owner of F.G. Rayburn Mason Contractors in Hopewell; and former Greece police officer Jon Ritter of Webster. Helming is also certified on the Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines.
The 54th District has been long represented by state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, who is not seeking re-election. The district encompasses six counties, including all of Wayne and Seneca counties and parts of Ontario, Monroe, Cayuga and Tompkins counties.