State approves nomination petitions for Sam Salamey

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Nineteenth District Court judicial candidate Sam Salamey will continue his campaign, after state elections officials approved his nominating petitions, allowing him to be placed on the August primary ballot, according to published reports.

In May, judicial candidate Candyce Abbatt filed a challenge with the State Board of Canvassers questioning the legality of Salamey’s nominating petitions’ signatures.

Four hundred signatures are needed from registered voters to be certified as a candidate for the 19th District Court. Abbatt flagged 460 to 479 of the 758 signatures Salamey turned in, according to published reports. Of the challenged signatures, 247 were found to be invalid, according to the report.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson affirmed Salamey’s nominating petitions on June 7.

Incumbent Chief Juge Richard Wygonik will face Abbatt, of Dearborn and Salamey in the primary with the two top vote getters facing off in November.

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