At Issue: Will Fattah Challengers Be Allowed on the Ballot?
Newspaper publisher Jim Foster wants to run as well.
There appears to be some confusion over whether a couple of challengers to Rep. Chaka Fattah will be allowed to officially take him on.
Jim Foster, who is the publisher of the Germantown Newspapers chain nearby, attempted to file to run, but was then told he couldn't, according to an Inquirer article.
That's because, he said, he was told that another person with a similar name had filed to run as an independent as well, and state law prohibits two candidates with similar names from running as part of the same party.
Foster said that's ridiculous.
"I am the antithesis of a party," said the 69-year-old Germantown newspaper editor. "I am an independent political person, and I want to run that way."
Robert J. Ogborn filed to run the day before Foster as an independent.
Fattah's district covers a large portion of Philadelphia and will include Lower Merion Township after the new Congress is sworn in.
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