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6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Dem leaders endorse Charles Wilson as write-in


Published: Wed, March 1, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


The names of two Democrats will appear on the primary ballot.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR POLITICS WRITER
LISBON -- The Democratic chairmen in the 12-county 6th Congressional District reaffirmed their support for a candidate who isn't on the ballot.
The chairmen say they are still behind the candidacy of Charles A. Wilson Jr., a state senator from St. Clairsville, even though he plans to run as a write-in in the May 2 Democratic primary.
March 13 is the write-in deadline. Wilson filed his write-in form Tuesday at the Columbiana County Board of Elections.
The chairmen restating their support for Wilson include Dennis Johnson of Columbiana County and Lisa Antonini of Mahoning County.
"These county chairs will be working hard with me to ensure everyone in my district knows who I am, what I stand for and how hard I will fight for them as their representative in Washington," Wilson, D-30th, said in a prepared statement.
Also, U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland of Lisbon, D-6th, who is vacating the congressional seat to run for governor, also reaffirmed his support for Wilson.
The two Democratic candidates on the primary ballot for the 6th District seat are John Stephen Luchansky of Boardman and Bob Carr of Wellsville.
Lacked signatures
The Columbiana County elections board disqualified Wilson as a congressional candidate last week because his nominating petitions didn't have the required 50 valid signatures to get on the primary ballot. Wilson was four signatures short.
As of Dec. 31, Wilson raised close to $500,000 for his campaign, more than half of it self-funded. Wilson said he'd prefer to save the money for the general election, but has no choice but to use it to run his write-in campaign.
Ed Patru, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman, refers to Wilson's petition problem as an "award-winning disqualification debacle."
He also said the 12 county chairmen are endorsing a candidate whose congressional campaign shows "woeful incompetence."
skolnick@vindy.com


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