Update: Bell will not appear on the ballot. Judge David Sanders has denied a writ of mandamus and reaffirmed the ballot commission’s decision. He found that the commission did have the power to remove a candidate because it “has a duty to strike a candidate that it (knows) to be ineligible.” Sanders also ruled that he could not allow the Republican Executive Committee to appoint a replacement candidate in a mandamus proceeding, though he did not directly indicate whether such an outcome could be achieved through another kind of court action.
CHARLES TOWN – The Republican member of the commission charged with finalizing ballots for the November election has asked a circuit judge to reconsider his decision to remove the name of a magistrate candidate.
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