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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Candidate loses Libertarian line


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Gia Arnold, the Holley woman who dropped out of — and then re-entered the 62nd District State Senate race, lost her only remaining option to win in November, she announced today via Facebook.

Arnold had run and lost on the Republican line in the Sept. 9 primary against North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt. But she held onto hope, having filed petitions to run on the Libertarian line in the November general election.

A court case on the matter was set to resume on Friday in front of State Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso. When the matter was before him earlier this month, he adjourned the trial until  to allow the state Board of Elections to look at the complaint.

Ortt had challenged the petitions saying that many of the signatures are invalid. "A lot of the signatures came from outside the district," he said earlier this month. "We'll see where that goes, but our expectation is that those petitions would be thrown out."

With Arnold again out of the race, the general election will be a two-person race with Ortt squaring off against Niagara Falls Democrat Johnny Destino.

Calls to Arnold and Ortt have not yet been returned.



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