For Immediate Release: Friday, September 21, 2012
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Justin Wagner Hands Greg Ball First-Ever Electoral Defeat
Green Party Voters See Through Incumbent Republican’s Posturing on Fracking, Write In Justin Wagner
Peekskill, NY – The State Senate campaign of Justin Wagner today announced its victory in the Green Party write-in primary for the 40th District State Senate race. In a three-way contested write-in primary for the Green Party’s nomination and ballot line, an outright majority of ballots cast by Green Party members were for Justin Wagner.
Out of 44 ballots cast, Wagner received 28, with Senator Greg Ball and a third candidate each receiving only eight votes. Wagner has handed Ball his first electoral defeat, ending at seven a string of Ball victories in various primary and general elections dating back to 2006.
“I am honored to have the support of Green Party members in the Hudson Valley,” said Wagner. “Safeguarding our environment and reforming government to be accountable to the people are core values for me and for my campaign.”
“Green Party members in the Hudson Valley voted to put the only true advocate for the environment in this race on their party line,” said Wagner campaign manager Steve Napier. “Greg Ball is about as anti-environment as they come. Actions speak louder than words — Ball hasn’t backed up his feigned concern on hydrofracking with real action, and he’s taken numerous votes against the environment. Both the League of Conservation Voters and now Green Party members in the Hudson Valley have thrown their support to Justin because they know Justin will be with them — not just for press releases and photo ops, but when it counts.”
Debate Challenge Wagner campaign manager Steve Napier continued: “Justin emailed Senator Ball directly weeks ago to ask for real debates on the issues, so voters have more to decide this election on than just press releases and circus acts. We’ve been waiting for a response for three weeks, but all we’ve heard is crickets. The election is barely more than a month away — is Greg Ball afraid voters will see through him at a debate the same way Green Party members saw through his posturing on fracking?”
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