Is there is or is there ain’t an election?
by Buck Quigley - posted 5:33 pm, December 16, 2011
There is a persistent rumor floating around about an upcoming vote for Chairman of the Zone Chair’s Association of the City of Buffalo. But unlike most election rumors that center on candidates, this rumor focuses primarily on whether or not there is going to be an election, period.
Jeremy Zellner at Erie County Democratic Headquarters tells AV that nothing is scheduled as of now. “Contrary to what anyone thinks, we’re kinda busy with a lot of other things right now. It’s on the agenda to get done, I just don’t know when. It could be in ten years, it could be in ten minutes.”
Any zone leader in the city of Buffalo is eligible to vote for the chair. Good luck finding out who those people are. When asked for a list, we were directed to the Board of Elections, and told that they would probably refer us back to Democratic HQ.
So why not save us the phone call and provide us with those names?
JZ: We’d have to get them to you.
AV: How would you like to get them to me?
JZ: Well, I could take your information, and get it to you when I can.
AV: OK, how about email?
JZ: I’m not sure. What’s you’re phone number over there?
AV: Do you have email? That’s a pretty convenient way to send info.
JZ: Really? What’s your number over there? I’m gonna have to call you right back.
JZ: And your email?
JZ: OK, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can get you that list. But for now, I mean, we did have it brought up at an executive committee meeting, but we’re working on filling Mark Poloncarz’s comptroller thing—we’ve got a forum coming up for that. We’ve got the swearing-in of Mark we’re working on. We just finished having a Christmas party that we’re wrapping up. You know, we’ve got a lot going on over here. There’s a lot of other things going on right now, and it’s not at the top of our list.
A call to the board of elections confirmed that my question would be referred back to the Erie County Democratic HQ, because it was of a political nature.
Two people rumored to be running for Democratic zone chair for the city are Darien Pratchett—who works at the Board of Elections but had called in sick today—and Peter A. Reese, a local attorney who was recently elected a North Buffalo zone chair. A call to Reese confirmed rumors that he and Pratchett are actively campaigning for the city-wide chairmanship.
But no one at EC Democratic HQ can confirm if or when the election they are campaigning for will be held. Meanwhile, Zellner has not sent us the list of the names of people who represent the byzantine patchwork of zones within the city of Buffalo.
Perhaps some local politicos can flesh out that information in the comments section below?