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Republican Lisa Douglas Demands Equal Rights

In a speech Thursday morning on the steps of North Salem’s Town Hall, North Salem resident Lisa Douglas declared that she is taking steps to demand a Republican primary election for the candidacy of County Legislator for District 2 for the seat currently held by Peter Harckham (D-Katonah).

According to Douglas' press representative, Bill Bongiorno, “When the agenda for the Republican Convention was released at the meeting on Tuesday, the name of Peter Michaelis was already printed as the party’s candidate." This was without a nomination process and before any proxy votes were cast.

Douglas described the incident as “pretty unethical” and vows to petition for a place on the ballot. “This is not about politics, it is about principle.”

She made a point of saying that she did not fault the party for the circumstances and thought it might have been misjudgment within some committee.

Declaring herself an avid supporter of fiscal responsibility, personal accountability and limited government, she suggested her proposed opponent, Michaelis was not. She questioned his loyalty to the party by pointing out that he had made a large contribution to the Obama campaign.

Michaelis is the “insider,” she said, and she is the “outsider.” But she feels that the public deserves “honorable, courageous and responsible representation.” And this can only be achieved if all qualified parties are given the opportunity to run for office.

Bedford GOP Committee Chairman Don Scott said he couldn’t understand what Douglas was referring to. "The vote was fair and the ballot contained both names” he said. According to Peter Michaelis, Douglas “lost pretty significantly, it was around eighty to twenty percent.” Furthermore, “the convention was fair and everything was by the book. And nobody in the party wants a primary."

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