Ruling that substantial compliance was met and there was no evidence of fraud or misconduct, Judge Teddy Hartley, of the 9th District Court in Clovis, ordered that Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings’, D-Roswell, name remain on the June 5 primary ballot. Hartley presided over the case in the 5th Judicial Court in Chaves County.
Roswell farmer Cliff Pirtle, one of Jennings’ opponents for his District 32 Senate seat, filed a lawsuit against the Senate leader for failing to write the district he is seeking on his nominating petitions. Jennings is one of at least a dozen hopefuls who failed to include this information, which was required for the first time this year per Senate Bill 403. The bill was passed during the 2011 regular legislative session.
Secretary of State Dianna Duran deemed Jennings, and the others, eligible candidates after seeking advice from Attorney General Gary King’s office. King’s office advised Duran that court rulings in New Login to read more