DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge has set a hearing to consider whether former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett was legally tossed off the primary ballot to challenge Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Corbett filed a lawsuit in Polk County court challenging a state elections panel which rejected his ballot petition last week. A court hearing is set for 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The panel voted 2-1 to reject Corbett’s petition concluding he fell eight names short of the 4,005 required.
Two Republicans — Secretary of State Paul Pate and State Auditor Mary Mosiman— voted against Corbett while Democrat Tom Miller favored allowing him on the ballot. It means Reynolds now has no GOP primary challenger.
Corbett’s lawsuit claims the decision was irrational, unreasonable and arbitrary and asks a judge certify his ballot nomination.