I must admit that I am a bit confused about the City of Lockport First Ward race. From what I understand, Phyllis Green, who lives in the Second Ward, but is running in the First Ward, has filed a lawsuit challenging the First Ward petitions of newcomer Richelle Pasceri. Apparently, the lawsuit comes down to the validity of a single signature on Pasceri's petitions.
Should Green be successful in having that one signature invalidated in State Supreme Court, Pasceri would be knocked off the Republican line in the September primary election. But what is Green so afraid of? Pasceri is a virtual political unknown. Green has at least 14 years in office. Doesn't Green have a record that can stand on it's merits?
What's even more disconcerting is the fact that the Union Sun & Journal ran a story in Sunday's paper highlighting the fact that so many incumbents are running unopposed and how difficult it is to find people in the community who are willing to step up and run for office. What's Green's response? File a lawsuit, which costs $350 just to file, hire a process server to deliver it, which is another $50, hire an attorney, at a cost of which we do not know, and take Pasceri to court and incur further court costs. All to challenge one signature. Someone really, really wants to be Alderwoman.
What Green is doing may be legal, but it looks bad. From what I have heard, Pasceri has made a statement to the effect of "Why is Phyllis denying the people of the First Ward the right to choose?". I think that's a valid question.
Green may have a legal case when she appears in court next week. But the court of public opinion is much more relevant when it comes time to pull the lever. Pull the plug on this lawsuit, Phyllis, let the voters of the First Ward have a choice.