Dutchess legislator Kelsey fights to stay on ballot


POUGHKEEPSIE – A State Supreme Court judge is expected to make a decision early next week on whether Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey, who represents Amenia, Washington, Pleasant Valley and the Village of Millbrook, may stay on the Republican line in the September primary.
Challenger Sandra Washburn objected to Kelsey’s petitions.
“The main issue is that one of my signers, witnesses, circulated
petitions and listed her address by her street address and number, but
she listed her town as Amenia, but her mailing address is Dover Plains,
which is not a town, it’s a post office, so she did not list Dover
Plains in New York,” Kelsey said.
Washburn argued all of the signatures on those petitions should be ruled invalid.
Kelsey alleged that the petition challenge was retribution by GOP leadership for being the sole Republican lawmaker to vote against an energy tax last year.
Kelsey, who is an attorney, represented himself in court on Friday.

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