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Josh Riley faces lawsuit in 22nd district race, county chairs criticize Onondaga County Democrats

Democrat Josh Riley is contending with fraud allegations that could disqualify him from the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

Diane Dwire, an executive committee member for the Onondaga County Democrats, filed objections against Riley’s petitions claiming campaign staffers did not physically witness some of the signatures collected. Dwire then filed a lawsuit alleging fraud against member of Riley’s campaign staff, according to The Citizen.


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Five Democratic county chairs in NY-22- Tim Perfetti (Cortland County), Liz Moran (Madison County), John Hurley (Ontario County), Michael Lausell (Schuyler County) and David Wood (Seneca County)- signed a letter calling it “deeply disturbing” that a member of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee would file such a lawsuit.

Pamela Hunter, chair of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee, said the lawsuit was filed by Dwire, not the committee itself.

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Onondaga County Democrats endorsed Francis Conole in the 22nd district. Conole is currently the frontrunner, but Riley has emerged as a true challenger through fundraising efforts.

Four other Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination in the 22nd district: Sarah Klee Hood, Vanessa Fajans-Turner, Sam Roberts and Chol Majok.

Related: New York State Court of Appeals to decide if district maps will be redrawn, primary elections pushed back



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