Sorg to mount write-in candidacy for district justice

ST. MARYS – Robert "Bert" Sorg has announced that he will mount a write-in campaign for Magisterial District Justice 59-3-03 for the Nov. 8 General Election. "We're going to mount a good campaign. We're going to try it," Sorg said. In the May 17 Primary Election, Sorg, a Republican, cross-filed on the ballots and came in third on the Democratic ballot, behind Stephen P. Skrzypek and Mark Jacob; and third on the Republican ballot, behind Jacob and Skrzypek. Skrzypek later withdrew his candidacy and the Elk County Democratic Party, faced with three possible actions, named Jacob as the Democratic nominee on the fall ballot because he came in second on the Democratic ballot and because he is a registered Democrat who was on the primary ballot. Their other choices would have been to name a substitute candidate for Skrzypek from a pool of people who were not on the primary ballot or name no one. The party made the decision at an executive committee meeting following Skrzypek's withdrawal from the race. Sorg said he is appealing to Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike who may feel that their choices have been limited by the county Democratic Party's decision. Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.