ITHACA, N.Y. — A local anarchist running for Ithaca’s Common Council has missed the deadline to file with the Working Families Party, but says he will still be vying for the seat this fall.


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Jim Lukasavage, who declared his candidacy for Common Council’s First Ward in an interview with the Ithaca Voice last week, said he would run on the Working Families’ Party line for the seat currently held by Common Council member George McGonigal, a Democrat.

The Tompkins County Board of Elections, however, confirmed on Tuesday that Lukasavage would have had to file by Monday if he wanted to run on the Working Families Party line. He did not do so.

Reached on Tuesday, Lukasavage acknowledged that he had missed the deadline but said he would continue to run for the seat without the party affiliation.

“I’m going to have to run as an independent,” Lukasavage said. “I have myself to blame, but I’m still running.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.