Candidates Find Rivals Challenging

Posted: March 18, 1987

At least nine candidates - most of them incumbent City Council members - have filed court challenges to the campaigns of their opponents.

Yesterday was the deadline for candidate challenges to be filed in Common Pleas Court. In general, the challenges concern residency claims and the validity of signatures on nominating petitions.

According to information provided by the office of Common Pleas Judge Edward Blake, City Councilwoman Patricia Hughes led the list of challengers.

She filed challenges against all three of her opponents in the Democratic primary in the 7th District, claiming that former Councilman Harry Jannotti cannot run because of his Abscam conviction; that almost all of the signatures on Philip Rein's nominating petitions are invalid; and that Wilfredo Santiago does not live in the district.

In the 4th District, incumbent Ann Land has challenged Democratic primary opponent Aron Silberman. Michael A. Nutter, who also is running in the 4th District, filed a challenge against Madeline Dunn, who lost to Land in the last election.

In the 5th District, incumbent John F. Street, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary, filed a challenge against his potential Republican opponent in the general election, Michael Anthony Pickney.

In the 8th District, Council President Joseph E. Coleman filed a challenge against the campaign of Richard Rogers. Coleman and Rogers are seeking the Democratic nomination.

In the at-large Council races, incumbent Francis X. Rafferty filed a challenge against Democrat Peter Volio. There are 18 Democrats, including the five incumbents, vying for five at-large council seats.

In the race for sheriff, Anthony Iannarelli, who has been endorsed by the Democratic City Committee to replace Sheriff Ralph Passio, filed a challenge against Molly Friedman.

Friedman, along with John Green, Herb Rhodes and William Monteleone, is opposing Iannarelli in the Democratic primary. The Republican candidate is William J. Cole.

Blake will schedule hearings on all challenges so they can be settled in time for the May primary.

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