Candidates prepare to face off for second time

Candidates for a state representative seat are getting ready to face off -- again.

Candidates for a state representative seat are getting ready to face off -- again. Friday, a judge ordered a special election between incumbent Penny Hubbard and challenger Bruce Franks.

Over the weekend, both candidates held events to energize voters.

Sunday night, candidate Bruce Franks held an event on Cherokee Street. He met with supporters and encouraged volunteers to help get out the vote. Franks got more votes during the August 2 primary, but lost by 90 votes after the absentee ballots were counted.

Franks filed a civil lawsuit. And, a judge ruled the St. Louis Board of Elections accepted absentee ballot without envelopes, a violation of Missouri law.

“Whatever happens after September 16, the important thing is we fought, we stood up for what we believe is right, he didn't take what they gave us. We started to change the whole absentee process. We won in a way," Franks said.
Saturday, incumbent Penny Hubbard celebrated her re-election campaign kick-off event, during the ribbon cutting for a new 5th Ward skating rink. Hundreds of supporters showed up.

Hubbard could not be reached over the weekend for comment, but her attorney has said in the past, that the voters' will was thrown out on a technicality, and that they will appeal the judge's decision.

The special election is scheduled for September 16.


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