There will not be a Republican primary in the 50th Senate District.
Rick Guy said in a statement provided to The Citizen Thursday that he will not appeal the state Board of Elections' decision to remove him from the ballot. The agency determined Guy, a Republican, submitted 779 valid signatures — less than the 1,000 need to qualify for the primary.
Following the state Board of Elections' vote Wednesday, Guy had three days to appeal the ruling in court.
"After seeking the advice of counsel I have decided that I will not pursue judicial review of the NYS Board of Election's determination that I have insufficient signatures for my name to appear on the primary ballot for the 50th Senate District seat," Guy said.
Guy was one of two Republicans in the 50th district race. With his exit, the GOP nominee is Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci.
Supporters of Antonacci filed objections to Guy's petitions. The main issue found was that Guy's son, Joseph, collected nearly 360 signatures for his father. But the younger Guy isn't a registered Republican.
To circulate petitions for a Republican candidate, the individual must be a GOP voter.
The state Board of Elections' review team and a hearing officer determined the signatures collected by Joseph Guy weren't valid and ruled them out.
Rick Guy believes the signatures should be valid because his son is a notary public. Notaries can pass petitions, but they must administer an oath to each signer.
"I remain convinced that a technical error like the one that has caused me to have too few signatures that are considered valid should not prevent petition signers from having their say," Guy said. "I believe the election laws in New York state are too burdensome and easily manipulated by the party leaders to prevent candidates from challenging their control."
He added, "I would like to thank everyone who helped us."
Guy's departure clears the field for Antonacci, who will face Democratic candidate John Mannion in the general election.
Antonacci and Mannion are running to succeed state Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Republican who has held the seat since 1993. DeFrancisco announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election.