Legislator To Run as Write-In After Losing Appeal

Apr 30, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint says she will run as a write-in candidate in the November general election after losing a court fight to appear on the June 3 primary ballot.

Her announcement Tuesday came hours after the state Supreme Court unanimously upheld a decision by a Gallup judge to disqualify the three-term incumbent as a candidate.

District Judge Louis DePauli ruled last week that Jeff didn't have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions.

The court's ruling leaves two Democratic candidates in the primary race in House District 5, which covers portions of San Juan and McKinley County. There's no Republican seeking the seat.