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The Passaic County Courthouse in Paterson, New Jersey. Photo by Ken Lund.

Passaic county clerk appeals GOP candidate swap

By David Wildstein, April 25 2022 11:30 pm

Passaic County Clerk Danielle Ireland-Imhof is challenging a Superior Court Judge’s decision to allow Passaic County Republican to pick a new candidate for sheriff in the June 8 primary election.

Judge Ernest Caposela ordered Ireland-Imhof to place Mason Maher on the ballot as a replacement for Troy Oswald.  Oswald was knocked off the ballot for failing to meet the statutory residency requirements.

Ireland-Imhof wants a state appellate court to halt the printing and mailing of military and overseas ballots until  the appeal can be decided.  Federal law had required that the mailing of mail-in ballots commence last Saturday.

The county counsel, Matthew Jordan, said in court filings that the “county clerk is required to bet the names of candidates for office” and said Caposela has allowed Maher to appear on the ballot without submitting a nominating petition.

“The county clerk and the residents of the county will be irreparably harmed if a candidate is permitted to avoid entirely each requirement to be placed on the primary ballot,” Jordan said in his filing.

Jordan argues that the order would allow county parties to “insert any candidate of their choosing on the eve of the primary, regardless of the statutory requirements to be considered for such an election.”

Ireland-Imhof is a Democrat.

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