In your informative article regarding what it takes to be on the ballot (Who’s Not on the Ballot, Sept. 9), Beacon council member Ali Muhammad, who hoped to challenge Assemblyman Frank Skartados, said that “you need a machine behind you” with respect to the nitty gritty groundwork of getting petitions signed by registered party members.
As treasurer of the Beacon Democratic Committee, I would like to point out this so-called “machine” is made up of many individuals dedicated to public service and willing to do the hard work of going door-to-door to get signatures for candidates we have endorsed, including Skartados, Terry Gipson for the State Senate and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress. If an aspiring candidate cannot organize enough people to do that unglamorous work, perhaps he or she does not have the support necessary to serve his or her constituency successfully.
Prudence Posner, Beacon
Editor’s Note: Muhammad’s full quote was, “You need a machine behind you, and that’s what good about the [party] committees. They do a lot of the groundwork.” Earlier this year, the Beacon Democratic Committee asked Muhammad to resign, at least temporarily, if he wished to endorse the Independence Party’s Randy Casale for mayor. He declined but in May left the county Democratic committee before announcing his Assembly campaign.