Democratic Registrar Mary Rydingsward isn’t going away quietly.
Though her party nominated longtime activist Bruce Suchinski as its choice for registrar Tuesday night, Rydingsward declared Wednesday that she will force an August 14 primary for the $48,000-a-year position.
“This primary will give each candidate an opportunity to run on his or her record,” Rydingsward said in a prepared statement. “My record will demonstrate character, integrity, and capability; three things needed to carry out fair elections.”
She said that in her 17 months on the job, she has “worked to improve the availability of handicapped parking for voters, to shorten lines at the polls, and to implement a three-prong High School voter registration program, improving youth registration in Bristol 200 percent.”
There are two registrars who cannot be from the same party. In Bristol, they have always been a Republican and a Democrat.
Republican Registrar Sharon Krawiecki got her party’s nod for another term recently. There is little chance of a GOP primary.
Generally, whoever wins each party’s backing is virtually certain to win the office.