Amherst Democrats failed in their attempt to use the town's term limits law to knock Republican Town Board candidate Steven Sanders off the ballot.
Sanders served two, four-year terms on the Town Board, from January 2010 to December 2017. He was barred from seeking re-election in 2017, but hopes to win election this fall to a new term beginning in January.
Democratic Town Board Member Deborah Bruch Bucki and candidate Michael Szukala asked a judge to declare Sanders ineligible to run. The Democrats pointed to a provision barring candidates from serving "more than two consecutive terms of four years in the same public office."
They interpreted the phrase to mean that once someone has served the two consecutive terms, that person can't serve again in that post. Republicans say the law allows later service in office after a break from the consecutive terms.
State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia on Wednesday rejected the Democrats' argument. Amherst Democratic Chairman Jerome Schad said they're weighing an appeal.