After the recent elections for Livingston County District Attorney and then Sheriff that brought unprecedented criticism after some voters voted on the wrong party line, alleged miscounts on absentee ballots, ballot recounts, and redistricting issues, all 17 members of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors has sent a clear message.
That message appears to be they are cleaning house. The Board of Supervisors crossed party lines and unanimously voted not to reappoint Democratic Election Commissioner, Laura Schoonover, for another four-year term sending an unmistakable message to party leaders. Schoonover’s term expires at the end of the year
Eric Gott, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors said “The Board of Supervisors are all about serving Livingston County Residents, “When there is a change that needs to be made, we make it together, all 17 of us. ”
County Democrats, however, do not consider the decision a “necessary change” at all, saying that it is a massive shift in party infrastructure.
“This leadership seems willing to throw a grenade at our party, ” said Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democrat Committee Chair. “As a matter of custom the Board traditionally accepts the choices of the county committees to run the Board of Elections. It is disappointing to say the least that the current Board has decided to abandon that tradition and reject our Commissioner.
Nancy Leven, the Republican Commissioner of the Board of Elections, is not up for reappointment for two years. Republican Committee Chair, Lowell Conrad, who has been involved in Livingston County politics since 1968, said “I’ve never seen any move like this in my time.” “Two years from now we will take a look at things on the Republican side.”
According to Hunter, the Democrats have had zero issues on their elections, and the issues and the past drama have been in the Republican eParty and their Committee voted unanimously in support of Schoonover.
Democrats will go back to the committee for a recommendation for the new appointment on November 8. Democratic Deputy Commissioner David DiPasquale, is a potential replacement. .