Cullen’s GOP challenger kicked off ballot

    A Republican seeking to challenge state Rep. David Cullen (D-Milwaukee) has been kicked off the ballot.
    The Government Accountability Board found Paris Procopis was short of the 200 valid signatures he needed to qualify for the ballot.
    The board found some of his signatures also appeared on Cullen’s nomination papers. Candidates can’t use signatures from electors who have already signed the nomination papers of another candidate in the same race.
    Meanwhile, one candidate for southeastern Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District will remain on the ballot, but another will not be included, the GAB ruled this week.
    The candidacy of Dem 1st CD candidate John Heckenlively of Racine was allowed to go forward.
    New Berlin independent Bill Tucker was denied access to the 1st CD race because he fell short of the threshold for valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. He tried to file supplemental nomination papers to push him over the 1,000 signature mark needed to qualify. But the board rule they were turned in too late.
    In addition to Heckenlively, the GAB also rejected challenges to these Milwaukee-area candidates: 5th CD Dem candidate Todd Kolosso of Menomonee Falls, Lomira independent Vittorio Spadaro in the 13th state Senate District, and 33rd SD Republican candidate state Rep. Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee.
    A challenge filed against Rep. Peggy Krusick (D-Milwaukee) was withdrawn before Wednesday’s hearing.

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