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Sep 18, 2014 6:25 PM

State commission denies Stawasz’s ballot bid

CONCORD – The number of candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for District 5 Governor’s Council remains at two following 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 Hollis resident Thomas Stawasz cannot 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 in 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 as a ballot candidate. 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 reelection. Wheeler beat Steve Hattamer of Hollis in the Sept.


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