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Marc Grammes dropped from ballot for state representative

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Chris Reber creber@tnonline.com in Local News

A local candidate for state representative has been knocked off the ballot for April’s primary election after a successful legal challenge. And another candidate is still awaiting the outcome of a suit to decide his fate in the election.

A petition was upheld in Commonwealth Court last week to exclude the nominating petitions of Marc Grammes, a former Lehigh County commissioner, in his bid for the 183rd Legislative District.

The petition was filed by Northampton County residents Alice J. Walls, Mark A. Cuth and Adam J. Swift III.

The judge upheld their allegations Grammes had not filed his statement of financial disclosure with both the state’s Bureau of Elections and Ethics Commission.

Grammes submitted the form to the ethics commission before the Feb. 22 deadline, when he filed his nominating petitions.

However, he did not submit it to the elections bureau. According to court documents, Grammes testified he did the same in his previous runs for representative and county commissioner, and that he fixed the error the next day.

The court cited a 2014 state Supreme Court case which found that a candidate cannot amend his or her financial statement if it wasn’t filed with both agencies on time.

Grammes was one of three Republicans vying for the nomination to replace 10-term incumbent Julie Harhart in the 183rd. Walls, Cuth and Smith also filed a legal challenge, which was ultimately withdrawn, against another candidate for the seat, Zachary Mako.

There are also two Democrats in the race.

Grammes, who previously said he believed the challenge was filed by allies of the third Republican candidate for the seat, Cindy Miller, was unavailable for comment Monday.

A social media account attributed to Grammes posted a message saying he intends to appeal. No action had been filed as of Tuesday morning.