Kaput for four independent candidates

Three people trying to run for City Council as independent candidates were ruled ineligible today by a Common Pleas Court judge.

Judge Allan R. Tereshko ruled that two candidates for the 9th Council district, Rhaim A. Dawkins and Bobbie Currie, could not run as independents because they had tried to get onto the ballot as Democrats last spring.

James Foster, a Germantown newspaper publisher trying to run for the 8th District Council seat, had an insufficient number of valid signatures on his nominating petitions, Tereshko ruled.

Richard Antipuna, who filed two weeks ago to run as a Green Party candidate for city commissioner, withdrew from the race voluntarily, while facing challenges that he had not changed his voter registration early enough.

I feel like the Ralph Nader of Philadelphia,” Antipuna said in a statement emailed to reporters, referring to the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2000, who was barred from the ballot in Pennsylvania and other states.

Freed from the rigors of campaigning, the statement said Antipuna was “relaxing in his back-yard pool in Kensington.”