HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. On the deadline for the Republican Party to select a candidate for the board of trustees election in March, the Hastings Republican Committee was unable to nominate anyone Tuesday night.
I was hoping wed have someone tonight, I really was, said Hastings Republicans Committee chair Tim Hays. I was practically begging.
At a small meeting in the Hastings Community Center, the local Republicans did not have anyone able to step forward and officially run on the party line. Although no official candidates were nominated, Hays still holds out hope for someone to run as an Independent and challenge the Democrats for the two open seats on the board of trustees.
Thats what we should really be doing here is offering the village an alternative, Hays said.
Interested candidates have until Feb. 14 to officially declare for the election as an Independent.
Im thirsting for candidates, Hays said.
Bob Wilt, who serves as the vice-chair of the committee, said he believes the village could use a different perspective on the board.
If I had to sum it up, it would just be common sense, he said. A fresh voice, maybe instead of someone following and saying yea, yea, yea, someone who will say lets look at this with common sense.
Simply having the caucus provided the opportunity for conversations that could perhaps inspire candidates to run on their own, according to Hays and Wilt.
Just having the door open a little bit for a different point of view is huge, Wilt said.
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