FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2017
Riverhead Town Democratic Committee
Marjorie Acevedo, Chairwoman
JUDGE RULES ON ELECTION PETITIONS
LAURA JENS-SMITH WINS INDEPENDENCE LINE
Riverhead Town Democratic Committee Chairwoman Marjorie Acevedo announced today that New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Santorelli has ruled in favor of Laura Jens-Smith in the lawsuit brought against current Supervisor Sean Walter’s nominating petitions for the Independence Party.
The decision means Ms. Jens-Smith, already the candidate of the Democratic Party, will also be the candidate of the Independence party on the November 2017 ballot for the office of Riverhead Town Supervisor. Ms. Jens-Smith also carries the Working Families and Women’s Equality Parties.
Ms. Acevedo said “Judge Santorelli’s ruling was right on target. Supervisor Walter’s petitions were filled with mistakes and he should have known better.”
Leader Acevedo went on to say, “The Riverhead GOP has become complacent and disrespectful of the political process. After eight years in office, Sean Walter operates as though he can do anything he wants and get away with it.”
Ms. Acevedo said “We are absolutely thrilled that Laura prevailed in this matter and we are excited that she will appear on the Independence line.”