It’s been a bad week for mounting challenges to party leadership in Camden County.
Camden city clerk Luis Pastoriza has disqualified nine candidates for seats on the Democratic county committee in the city of Camden. The petitions lacked the legally required number of signatures.
Among the candidates tossed was Susan Altman, the organizer of anti-organization slate. Her petitions did not have the 50 signatures needed to gain a ballot spot.
Pastoriza rejected nine of the eleven challenged candidates.
In Camden County, county committee members run either at-large in each municipality or a combination of at-large and in wards — rather than in a voting district.
Of the 64 seats on the Camden City Democratic Committee, nine challengers remain.
Altman was a Republican until 2008 and did not vote in several key Democratic primaries, according to vote history records obtained by the New Jersey Globe.