Greenwich GOP leaders weigh in on petition flap – Connecticut News

Greenwich GOP leaders weigh in on petition flap – Connecticut News

GREENWICH — In response to party infighting following the Republican Town Committee’s endorsements of candidates for town offices last week, RTC officers released a statement to committee members Tuesday evening.

“Many of you have seen or heard that various individuals are seeking to either petition on the November ballot as a third Republican candidate for the Board of Education or through a primary for the Board of Estimate and Taxation. Our party rules allow candidates to petition and thus this is their right,” the officers wrote.

In particular, candidates for the school board have battled over competing petition drives in the past few days.

Republican incumbent Peter Bernstein was not nominated for re-election by party membership last week, and is seeking signatures to petition his way onto the November ballot. But he says his ability to do so has been “significantly impacted” by a separate petition being circulated by Republicans Peter Sherr, current Board of Education chairman, who is seeking re-election, and Jason Auerbach, a new BOE candidate. Both Sherr and Auerbach received RTC endorsements on July 25.

Sherr and Auerbach have said they are collecting signatures to demonstrate public support for changing the Town Charter — a controversial and much-debated proposal that would alter election rules so top vote-getters in each school board election would win seats regardless of party, doing away with current policy that prevents a party from holding a majority on the board.

The RTC statement did not reference Sherr and Auerbach’s petition. Nor did it directly mention the acrimonious relations that have developed between the two…

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