Judge dismisses effort to oust GOP candidate for attorney general

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Sep. 16—State District Judge T. Glenn Ellington on Friday dismissed a petition that sought to remove the Republican candidate for attorney general from the November ballot.

Former Bernalillo County Commissioner James Collie filed the petition Sept. 7, arguing Jeremy Gay of Gallup is ineligible to run for attorney general because he hasn't lived in the state long enough.

Ellington tossed the case, in large part because of its timing so close to the election.

"The court finds that the petitioner ... has filed this extraordinary writ at a time that provides a severe disadvantage, both to the party of interest — Mr. Gay — to be able to respond, but more importantly in its motion to the secretary of state to be able to efficiently and, in a coordinated manner, fulfill her obligations to run the upcoming general election," Ellington said.

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