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Sep 19, 2014 9:19 PM

State commission denies ballot bid by Hollis’ Stawasz

CONCORD – The number of candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for District 5 Governor’s Council remains at two after a ruling handed down Thursday by the state Ballot Law Commission. The commission voted 5-0 to uphold Secretary of State William Gardner’s ruling that Thomas Stawasz, of Hollis, can’t have his name on the ballot because he didn’t collect enough petition signatures. Stawasz, a Republican and former state senator who represented District 13 from 1995-97, launched the petition in an attempt to get on the ballot as an Independent. He fell short of the 750 signatures necessary to qualify. Voters on Nov. 4 will choose between Republican David Wheeler, of Milford, and Democrat Diane Sheehan, of Nashua, for the District 5 seat, which came open earlier this year when incumbent Debora Pignatelli, of Nashua, announced she wouldn’t seek re-election. Wheeler beat Steve Hattamer, of Hollis, in the Sept.


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