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Mayor Nutter Challenges Milton Street's Candidacy

Mayor Nutter's re-election campaign, using three friendly voters, challenged T. Milton Street's eligibility to appear on the May 17 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor. The voters claim Street does not meet the three-year residency requirement to run for mayor and that his nominating petitions are rife with forgeries.

Mayor Nutter Challenges Milton Street's Candidacy

T. Milton Street Sr. plans to "campaign the old-fashioned way" to oust Mayor Nutter. His campaign office is at 1211 Vine St. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff Photographer)
T. Milton Street Sr. plans to "campaign the old-fashioned way" to oust Mayor Nutter. His campaign office is at 1211 Vine St. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff Photographer)

Mayor Nutter's re-election campaign, using three friendly voters, challenged T. Milton Street's eligibility to appear on the May 17 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor.  The voters claim Street does not meet the three-year residency requirement to run for mayor and that his nominating petitions are rife with forgeries.

Nutter’s campaign spokeswoman, Sheila Simmons, said his campaign worked with the three voters, who used campaign lawyers to file the challenge. She noted that one of the trio was a longtime supporter of the mayor.  The voters are Olga McGarity, Tiffanie Standard and Shantel French.

The challenge, filed in City Hall 10 minutes before today's 5 p.m. deadline, said three of Street's petition circulators were not qualified to collect signatures and failed to properly complete the paperwork.  It accuses another circulator, Malik Aziz of submitting petitions with forged names and addresses of voters.  And it notes that Street was in federal custody during the three years running up to this election.

Street immediately responded by saying that Nutter had made a mistake in showing "he's in a very weak position" with voters in the city.  Street plans to represent himself in court and seems to relish the opportunity.'

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"What this does is give me a chance to get some more exposure that I wouldn’t have the money to buy," Street said. "Help me Nutter. He’s the best campaigner I got."

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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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