Prison to Politics, Dailey will have competition

PENN YAN — While one person — a former localofficial and teacher convicted of three counts of grandlarceny — will be on the ballot, seven others haveexpressed their intentions to run as write-in candidatesfor Yates County coroner this November. County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Amy Daines confirmed the number yesterday. To win, the write-in candidates will have to receivethe most votes on election day. Daines said voterswill have to write the name of their candidate ofchoice on the ballot, and it’s the candidates’ jobs toget the word out. “That’s what’s going to make the difference for whoever wins, is how well they’ve gotten the word out,” Daines said, noting write-in candidates don’t have to supply the Board of Elections with any informationRon Dailey, a former village trustee and middleschool social studies teacher, filed an independentpetition for the seat and is the only candidate whowill appear on the ballot for the position. Dailey was sentenced to15 months in the Yates County Jail in May 2008 after pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree grand larceny. According to Yates County Jail records, Dailey was incarcerated Aug. 7, 2008, and released June 5, 2009.Dailey, running under the Shamrock Party independentline, is seeking the position that Doug Marchionda Jr. will vacate. Yates County has four coroners Daines has been a commissioner with the board ofelections for 2 1/2 years and an election inspector since2000 and said she’s never seen a turn out of write-incandidates like this before. She thinks it has everythingto do with Dailey being the only candidate on the ballot.“From everybody that I’ve talked with and our office has talked with, everybody has referencedhis run in the race,” Daines said. “They don’t want him.They have their personal opinions based on his background.” She noted that several people said they had considered running for coroner in the past but never got around to it. Dailey being the sole candidate was the catalyst that made them want to run, she said.Dailey said yesterday he’s surprised so many peoplehave recently thrown their hats in the ring and wonders why they didn’t go through the process of securing petitions to have their names on the ballot as he did.

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