Two minor party conventions will be held this weekend. One is the Working Families Party...the other is the Independence Party.
I will be going down to Albany Saturday for the latter, while Lewis County's Joe Baruth is headed down later today. There will be meetings tonight and probably discussions on out of party authorizations for local Assembly, Senate and Congressional races.
The call on those multi-county districts rests with the State Executive Committee of which Joe and I are members. There may or may not be local recommendations, although many prospective candidates deal directly with State Chair.
Jefferson County's Indy Committee has had little contact with the chair, after the nasty battles involving local support for Senator Darrel Aubertine against the wishes of the State Chair. I chat with one of the vice chairs from time to time to see what's going on.
With Joe Bruno gone and GOP hegemony in the Senate a part of history, I am not as sure being a Republican is an automatic Indy Senate nod anymore.
There will also be nominations for statewide races. The only certainties I know about are Andrew Cuomo for Governor and Chuck Schumer for Senate.
The other Senate seat, comptroller and AG I know nothing about. I would hope there is at least one primary as that is good for involving voters in the fall.
The Indy party is the only one of the five on the ballot that also allows non-affiliated voters to participate.
I have little idea about the Working Families Party, but like all three minor parties it is a very closely held operation. Their big decision is who will be the placeholder candidate for Governor, should Andrew Cuomo not be willing to take the nod at this time due to the swirling controversies involving the WFP.
I will snap a couple of photos while there.