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Platta is runner-up in primary and off ballot

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:30 am

A lawyer who decided to throw his hat into the political ring, Slawomir Platta was defeated by Tom Sullivan in the Republican primary for state Senate District 15 last Thursday.

“Did I see this coming? No,” Platta said in a phone interview with the Chronicle. “I was definitely hoping that my opponent was going to act more honorably than he did but, again, lesson learned.”

What bothered Platta was a Sullivan advertisement which had Platta in handcuffs. “We were leading in polls up until 48 hours when he decided to send this nasty mailing with Photoshopping my face to a person in handcuffs,” Platta said.

The flier made reference to Platta being arrested and charged with harassment last year. In a meeting with the Chronicle editorial staff last month, Platta said the charges had been dismissed.

“I was outraged,” Platta said Tuesday. “I was outraged and I think he went way too far, especially with my understanding that he is an Army veteran, I was expecting more of him.”

During the campaign, Platta had started the “No Homeless Shelter Party” and looked to have enough signatures to be on the ballot as a third-party candidate in November. A few days before the primary, he learned the line had been rejected.

“As far as I understand, and again this is what I was told by my legal team, the Board of Elections rejected the petition and that was the end of it,” Platta said.

He didn’t remember being given a reason and was told that was the end of the process. “It was happening all at the very end when I was really busy with campaigning,” Platta said.

When asked for his prediction for the general election in two months, Platta said, “I don’t know. I certainly wish well the Republican Party and the people of the Republican Party.”

Sullivan will face state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).

Now Platta is back at his law firm. “I’m happy to be back at work and I will be definitely going back to my community, the people that supported me in this election,” he said, adding that he will definitely run for office again at some point.

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