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Teenage mayoral candidate kicked off Lockport ballot

LOCKPORT – Frank Allen, the 18-year-old son of the former Lockport director of engineering, was formally kicked off the Nov. 3 election ballot for mayor Friday by the Niagara County Board of Elections.

Allen had sought to run as an independent candidate, but the city Democratic Committee challenged the validity of his nominating petitions, alleging that 79 of the 240 signatures he collected came from people who were not registered to vote. Allen needed 226 valid signatures to remain on the ballot. Jennifer A. Fronczak, the Republican election commissioner, said 58 signatures were formally disallowed.

She said other signers who were challenged had valid registrations, but at addresses different from those listed on the petitions. Two of Allen’s signers were booted from the voter rolls for being convicted felons.

City Democratic Chairman Edward W. Tracy, whose son was the official challenger of Allen’s petitions, said last week he thought Allen’s presence in the race would hurt the Democrats’ chances of unseating GOP Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey. The Democratic candidate will be chosen in a primary Thursday between Roger L. Sherrie and Michael J. Pillot.