With Williams back on the ballot race for D.A. begins in earnest

    Seth Williams is back… on the ballot that is. The Democratic candidate for District Attorney was kicked off the May 19th primary ballot last month for failing to disclose all sources of income. Now, a Commonwealth Court panel has overturned that decision and put Williams back in the running for D.A.

    Seth Williams is back… on the ballot that is. The Democratic candidate for District Attorney was kicked off the May 19th primary ballot last month for failing to disclose all sources of income. Now, a Commonwealth Court panel has overturned that decision and put Williams back in the running for D.A.

    Transcript:
    Seth Williams says he wasn’t surprised by the ruling.

    Seth Williams: Every lawyer I spoke to explained to me that reimbursements for campaign expenses does not equal income. And that you are allowed to amend your statement of financial interest within 20 days which is what we did just to be overly cautious to include all those expenses.

    Franklin and Marshall College professor Terry Madonna says it’s uncommon a candidate gets back on the ballot, after being thrown off.

    But this kind of politicking has grown in the last decade.

    Terry Madonna: It has become very common for opposing candidates and or opposing parties to look at other candidates petitions to find a way to eliminate them from the ballot, it could be a technicality, it could be a petition problem.

    Democratic candidate Dan McCaffery brought the challenge. He says he will not appeal the ruling.

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