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Judge Denies Ballot Access To Larson Challenger

Hartford Superior Court. CTNewsJunkie.com file photo

U.S. Rep. John Larson will face West Hartford Republican Larry Lazor in November.

By Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.com 

A Hartford Superior Court judge ruled Friday against Muad Hrezi, an East Hartford Democrat seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. John Larson for the 1st Congressional District nomination, denying his petition to be placed on a primary ballot.

Hrezi, who did not receive adequate support at the state’s Democratic convention to automatically qualify for a primary race against Larson, collected thousands of signatures in an effort to petition his way onto the ballot. Hrezi found himself 580 signatures shy of the 3,833 required number after 1,683 were rejected.

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  • I think this was completely Islamophobic for the court to deny Mr. Hrezi ballot access. It would have been beautiful to see two Democrats fighting, taking votes away from each other, possibly putting a non-Democrat in the 1st District House seat for the first time since 1970.

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