I'm continuing to hear that Legislator Renae Kimble has an interest in getting her own person, Laura Allen, installed as the next Democrat Board of Elections Commissioner and is going so far as to reach out to Democrats who are part of the Majority Caucus for help in doing so. This would mean that Ms. Kimble would be staging a palace coup and throwing out Nancy Smith who is close with County Dem Boss Dan Rivera.
Here's my "Board of Elections for Dummies" understanding of how this works. Picking a BOE Commissioner starts with the respect parties and their committee members. Assuming that Rivera controls his committee, they would submit the name of current commish Nancy Smith to the Democrats on the Legislature. Normally this would be it...but it doesn't have to be.
Essentially, the Dem Legislators could reject the Committee's recommendation and eventually make their own. This is where Ms. Kimble's ability to line up Dem legislators in the Majority Caucus would be huge.
Let's handicap this. Assume that Dennis Virtuoso, Sean O'Connor and Kyle Andrews stay with Rivera. That's three votes.
Renae goes her way. That's one. Jason Caferalla, the new member of the Minority Caucus, has no love for Dan Rivera, who backed his primary opponent. So that could take Ms. Kimble to 2.
In the Majority caucus, you have Jason Murgia, Danny Sklarski and Andrea McNulty who are all registered Dems. If they lineup with Renae, which is entirely possible because they really don't have a dog in the fight, she wins, Allen is in and Smith is out.
This would be a huge powerplay on Kimble's part and probably re-establish her as one of the top three most powerful elected Democrats in all of Niagara County (with DelMonte and Dyster.) Will she go for it and if so, can she pull it off? It will be interesting to watch.