Milton Street’s campaign for Philadelphia mayor has been challenged.
The challenge comes on two fronts. The first says there aren’t enough valid signatures on the petitions turned in by Street last week. The challengers say only about 750 of the more than 2,400 signatures are valid. Candidates need 1,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot.
The second challenge says Street doesn’t meet residency requirements. Since Street was in federal prison, the challenge says he was not a resident long enough to qualify to run for mayor.
Street says he’s not worried. Mayor Michael Nutter “has been saying that I’m not an issue and he wants to make an issue out of a non-issue. I don’t understand it. I don’t see any real problems.” said Street. “I think I’m OK … we’ll have lawyers look at it. It just gives me more exposure and lets the people know that he really doesn’t want to run against anybody.”
Nutter’s re-election campaign admits helping the challengers.
A judge will have the final say in the matter.