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CHALLENGERS TRY TO REMOVE MIDDLETOWN AREA SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FROM BALLOT

     Hearings are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27 in Dauphin County Court to consider more challenges that have been filed against the nomination petitions submitted by several candidates running for seats on the Middletown Area School Board in the May primary.

    The challenges are:

    • Republican Daniel Magaro is challenging the petition filed by incumbent board President Barbara Layne to be on the Republican ballot. Magaro contends that Layne's petition was not notarized.   

    • Board member Michael P. Corradi, a Democrat, is challenging Layne's petition as a candidate on the Democratic ballot. Corradi alleges that Layne's petition was not notarized.

     • Two petitions have been filed against the nomination petitions submitted by incumbent Terry Gilman. In one, Magaro contends that Gilman's petition to be on the Republican ballot was notarized by an official "not empowered to notarize these documents," according to the court filing. In the second petition, Corradi alleges that Gilman's petition to be on the Democratic ballot was also improperly notarized.

     • Two other filings are challenging the nomination petitions submitted by incumbent Michael Richards. In one, Corradi alleges that Richards' petition to be on the Democratic ballot is invalid because it was notarized by an official not empowered to notarize the petition. Magaro raises the same allegation in his separate filing that seeks to set aside Richards' petition to be on the Republican ballot.