William Bryk (born March 12, 1955) is an elected public official in the Town of Antrim, New Hampshire and the Contoocook Valley School District, a journalist, horseman, a lawyer admitted to practice in New Hampshire and New York, and perennial candidate.[1] Before Bryk left his former residence in Brooklyn, New York, he took advantage of the Constitutional requirement that candidates for U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative live in the state in which they are campaigning by the day of the general election. This allowed Bryk to run in the primaries without ever visiting the state.[2] Bryk generally ran in races that lacked a credible Democratic candidate.[3]

Bryk was also a New York City career civil servant, columnist for the New York Sun[4] and contributing writer to New York Press. He frequently contributes to Splice Today, edited and published by Russ Smith, former publisher of New York Press.

In March 2016, Bryk and his wife, Mimi Kramer-Bryk, a former theatre critic for The New Yorker, moved to Antrim, New Hampshire.

He has been elected to the following offices in the Town of Antrim: Library Trustee, 2017; Cemetery Trustee, 2018, Planning Board Member, 2018, re-elected 2020; Cemetery Trustee, 2021; Supervisor of the Checklist, 2021, re-elected 2022; and Trustee of Trust Funds, 2021. In 2023, he was elected one of Antrim's two members of the Contoocook Valley School Board.

He was the Democratic nominee for Hillsborough County Register of Probate in 2016 [5] and 2022 and the Democratic nominee for Hillsborough County Treasurer in 2018 and 2020.

He is a former secretary and vice chairman of the Antrim Town Democratic Committee, a former delegate to the New Hampshire State Democratic Convention, and a Justice of the Peace.

Education edit

Bachelor of Science in economics, Manhattan College, 1977; Juris Doctor, Fordham University School of Law, 1989.[6]

Elections edit

  • In 2023, Bryk was defeated for Antrim Town Selectman but elected one of Antrim's two representatives to the Contoocook Valley School Board.
  • In 2022, Bryk lost the election for Hillsborough County Register of Probate.
  • In 2020, Bryk lost the election for Hillsborough County Treasurer.
  • In 2018, Bryk lost the election for Hillsborough County Treasurer.
  • In 2016, Bryk lost the election for Hillsborough County Register of Probate.[7][8]
  • In 2014, Bryk ran for the US Senate simultaneously in Alaska, Oregon, Wyoming and Idaho, where he received 30.4 percent of the vote, losing in all four races. He also ran for Congress in Indiana but was removed from the ballot.[6][2][9]
  • In 2012, Bryk ran for the Senate in Wyoming and for Congress in Indiana, losing both races.[10][11]
  • In 2010, Bryk ran for the Senate in Idaho and lost.[12]
  • In 2004, Bryk sought the Federalist Party nomination for President of the United States.[13]
  • In 2000, Bryk won the Republican Vice-Presidential Primary in New Hampshire.[14]
  • In 1999, Bryk ran for District Attorney of Richmond County (Staten Island) and lost.
  • In 1998, Bryk ran for the New York State Assembly and lost.
  • In 1997, Bryk ran for New York City Council and lost.
  • In 1996, Bryk ran for New York City Council and lost.
  • In 1983, Bryk ran for Manhattan Community School District Board #6 and lost.
  • In 1980, Bryk lost his first election running for Congress in New York.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "The Primaries Project: Six Types of Unlikely Congressional Candidates". Brookings Institution. 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Murphy, Doyle (August 21, 2014). "Brooklyn candidate is always at a loss". New York Daily News.
  3. ^ Freedlander, David (4 December 2013). "Brooklyn's Lazy Carpetbagger Sets His Sights on an Alaska Senate Seat". Daily Beast.
  4. ^ "William Bryk Archive". New York Sun.
  5. ^ Handy, Nicholas (November 14, 2016). "Incumbents returned to county seats". Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.
  6. ^ a b c "For 8th District candidate William Bryk, home is in Brooklyn, N.Y." Evansville Courier Press.
  7. ^ "Candidate – Hillsborough County Register of Probate – William Bryk". Nashua Democratic City Committee. October 22, 2016. Archived from the original on April 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Running for Hillsborough County Probate seat | New Hampshire". www.unionleader.com. July 10, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-07-12.
  9. ^ Hollander, Zaz (November 21, 2013). "NY lawyer takes on Begich - without leaving home". Alaska Dispatch News.
  10. ^ "N.Y. resident running again in Wyoming Senate race". Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
  11. ^ Pelzer, Jeremy (June 1, 2012). "U.S. Senate primaries set". Casper Star Tribune. Archived from the original on March 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (October 29, 2009). "Distance no deterrent for Senate candidate". Spokesman Review.
  13. ^ Beaudette, Marie (29 October 2009). "His Own Private Idaho". Wall Street Journal.
  14. ^ Terkel, Amanda (April 17, 2014). "William Bryk, Brooklyn Attorney, Running For Senate In Alaska, Idaho, Oregon". Huffington Post.