COOPERSTOWN — Because the deadline for withdrawing nominations was July 15, Democrats are now exploring potential options for having Crowell's name removed from election ballots in November, Abbate said.
Crowell said he only learned the deadline for dropping out was that earlier on July 16, after he returned home on leave. He is scheduled to return to Army duty at the end of this week.
Otsego County GOP Chairwoman Sheila Ross said she believes it will be impossible for Crowell Crowell to have his name removed from the ballot.
She also questioned whether it will be possible for supporters of Bachman to come up with 1,000 signatures by Aug. 15 in order to get his name on the ballot. "It's a short time to get 1,000 signatures," she said.
Ross would not say if Republicans will be putting forward a candidate of their own to try to wrest control of the county treasurer's office, which has a significant say in how the county's $124 million annual budget is packaged.
"Let's see what happens," Ross said.
Crowell said he will actively support Bachman's candidacy. "There is no one in the county who is better suited to address the challenges of economic recovery," he said.