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Albany Common Council Candidate Back On Ballot

Richard-Olivier Marius
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Richard-Olivier Marius

A candidate for Albany Common Council is back on the ballot after a court ruling.

Richard-Olivier Marius is one of several candidates vying to replace Richard Conti in the 6th ward. The Board of Elections knocked the Democrat off the ballot due to an omission on his petitions.

"Basically, I omitted Ward Six in the public office title," Marius said. "And I only put common council or councilmember. But I had to argue that between my address and the office title that I was seeking, there was sufficient information in the body of the petition sheets to inform everyone exactly where I was running and what I was running for specifically."

The Democratic primary is June 22nd. Conti, elected in 1997, is one of five senior Albany Common Council members who are not running for another term this year.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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