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Powdrell-Culbert wins petition challenge

SANTA FE — State Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert, R-Corrales, withstood a legalDan McKay challenge to her petition signatures and is set to remain on the ballot.

State District Judge Cindy Mercer invalidated many of the signatures Powdrell-Culbert turned in to secure a spot on the June 2 ballot — largely because some of the incumbent’s paperwork was missing her legislative district number.

But Powdrell-Culbert she still had enough valid signatures, 51, to clear the threshold required for the ballot, Mercer ruled.

Powdrell-Culbert, who was represented by attorney Patrick Rogers, has no

opposition in the primary. She is set to face Democrat Gary Tripp and

Libertarian Jeremy Myers in the Nov. 3 general election.

Tripp had filed the petition challenge.

House District 44 covers parts of Corrales and Rio Rancho.

One of Powdrell-Culbert’s colleagues in the House, Democratic Rep. Patricio Ruiloba of Albuquerque, was disqualified from the ballot earlier this week for not following the proper procedure for collecting signatures. He plans to appeal the decision.

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