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Judge blocks prosecutor’s bid to stay on ballot

A veteran prosecutor may have to run for re-election as a write-in candidate after a judge rejected his bid for a court order to get his name on the ballot Thursday.

Richmond County Circuit Judge Harry Taliaferro dissolved his temporary injunction and allowed the county registrar to report the names of qualified candidates to the State Board of Elections – without the name of Commonwealth’s Attorney Wayne Emery, according to the attorney for the county electoral board.

Emery’s petitions for candidacy were deemed unacceptable, in part because he didn’t use double-sided forms. The registrar did not discern the problem until after the deadline for filing had passed, according to lawyers involved in the dispute.

Richmond’s Andrew McRoberts, representing local election officials,  said the judge heard evidence and upheld the determination of the local officials that Emery’s petitions failed to qualify him for the ballot.

Emery, 74, hopes to run for his 5th term as commonwealth’s attorney. He is opposed by Warsaw lawyer James Monroe.

By Peter Vieth

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