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Fremouw drops GOP bid for NY Assembly, will run as independent

There will not be a Republican primary in the 130th Assembly District, but one GOP candidate will attempt to run as an independent.

Clyde Mayor Jerry Fremouw, a Republican, did not submit petitions to force a primary in the 130th district race. The designated GOP candidate is Lyons Supervisor Brian Manktelow.

But Fremouw said in an interview that he will circulate petitions to run as an independent. He plans to create the For the People Party and campaign in what would be a three-way state Assembly race between himself, Manktelow and Democratic candidate Scott Comegys.

To run as an independent, Fremouw will need to collect 1,500 valid signatures from voters in the district. The period to pass independent petitions began July 10. The deadline to submit petitions to the state Board of Elections is Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Fremouw explained that he felt he was “on the outside looking in” during the Republican endorsement process and that it would be too difficult to mount a primary campaign and then run as an independent.

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