2003-08-15 / Community

Brown Taken From Ballot In 31st District

By Howard Schwach
Brown Taken From Ballot In 31st District By Howard Schwach

City Councilan James Sanders speaks with constituents.City Councilan James Sanders speaks with constituents.

Everly Brown has reportedly been removed from the Democratic ballot for the upcoming City Council election in the 31st Councilmanic District.

A justice of the Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica reportedly told Brown at a hearing that his petitions were "permeated with fraud," prior to removing him from the ballot.

"The judge went beyond the call of duty by berating him for what he did," said James Sanders, Jr., the incumbent in the seat and the Democratic candidate for reelection.

Sanders says that Brown was given a chance late last week to withdraw from the ballot prior to the court hearing late in the week, but refused.

While Brown has the right to appeal the decision to the federal courts, Sanders says that it would be "inconceivable" for him to do so.

Last week, Brown told The Wave that Sanders "has to beat me in the poll, not in court."

Brown holds the Republican line in the upcoming election. In the election two years ago, Sanders took 84 percent of the vote against four competitors, Brown included.

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