Tim Baker

Tim Baker of Robertsville on Tuesday submitted a petition to run as an independent candidate for the position of Franklin County presiding commissioner.

County Clerk Debbie Door said her office must verify the signatures on the petition.

She noted that the petition must have signatures from a number of registered voters equal to at least 2 percent of the people who voted in the 2010 election for presiding commissioner, or 661.

Baker said he has 760 signatures.

Door said her office must verify that the signatures on the petition are from registered voters.

Baker said he is confident that the signatures on the petition are all registered voters of Franklin County.

He said he is running as an independent for numerous reasons and that he believes in voting for the person, not the party.

Door said she has never had an independent candidate during her tenure in office, so she is making sure that her office is following all of the state guidelines regarding the petition.

Door said Baker’s name will not be on the ballot until the Nov. 4 general election. He has until July 28 to file for the general election.

The deadline to file for the Aug. 5 primary is March 25.

State law required Baker to submit a petition with the required signatures to run as an independent, Door said.

Two other candidates have filed to run for the presiding commissioner — incumbent John Griesheimer of Washington and Jerry Breihan of New Haven — both Republicans.

Baker ran unsuccessfully in 2012 for the first district county commissioner seat.