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Supreme Court Rules; Fosle will not Appear on Ballot

By KBJR News 1

Supreme Court Rules; Fosle will not Appear on Ballot

October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that Duluth City Councilor, Jay Fosle, a write-in candidate for District 7B, will not be on the November 2012 general election ballot.

Fosle ordered a petition for his name to appear on the ballot as a candidate for state representative, District 7B on September 28, 2012.

The Supreme Court directed Fosle to serve his petition and any supporting papers on the Saint Louis County Auditor, on the Minnesota Secretary of State, and all other candidates for District 7B.

Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie filed an opposition response to the petition, stating that Fosle cannot be placed on the ballot because he has not complied with the requirements for filing for an elective office.

Ritchie also said that Fosle's arguments are misplaced because DFL endorsed Erik Simonson was nominated by his party.

Saint Louis County Auditor, Don Dicklich, also filed an opposition response stating that Fosle did not file an affidavit of candidacy or nominating petition with his office.

Dicklich also states that he has held off reprinting official ballots due to the outcome of this case.

Travis Silvers, the Republican Party's candidate filed an opposition response, urging the court to reconsider Simonson's name on the ballot and put Kerry Gauthier, the former DFL-endorsed candidate.

Fosle was the first candidate to file after Representative Kerry Gauthier announced he wouldn't seek reelection, following a sex scandal in July.

Gauthier's name was replaced with DFL endorsed Erik Simonson's name on the ballot.

In September, Fosle said that if the state Supreme Court allows Simonson's name to be on the ballot, his name should be added as well.

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