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LAWSUIT CHALLENGES RIGHT TO LIFE PARTY'S STATE TICKET

The statewide ticket nominated by the Right to Life Party has been challenged, and the state Board of Elections will go to court Friday in Albany to show cause why the candidates should remain on the ballot in November.

Two women from the Albany area challenged the Right to Life nominations, contending the party failed to file the necessary designating certificate with the state Board of Elections and the party secretary failed to sign a certificate of authorization, according to a Board of Elections spokesman. If the challengers succeed, the Right to Life Party candidates will have to file petitions by July 12 to get on the election ballot.

The challenge affects Louis P. Wein of Staten Island, the party's candidate for governor; Gertrude G. Manning of Baldwin, L.I., the lieutenant governor nominee; Donna Marie Kearney of Rochester, the comptroller candidate, and Robert F. Nolan of Greenlawn, L.I., the candidate for attorney general.

The were nominated June 3 at the party's convention.

David Flanagan, public relations director of the state Board of Elections, said the nominations were challenged by Heidi Jane Siegfried of Albany and Sue Stevens Larsen of Averill Park.

Ms. Siegfried and Ms. Larsen are represented by Thomas Spargo, formerly the top counsel for the state Republican Party.

While the four statewide Right to Life Party nominations are under challenge, Wein and Ms. Manning have mounted their own challenges against the endorsed Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.

The two are circulating petitions to run against endorsed Republicans Pierre A. Rinfret and George Yancey in next September's GOP primary election.

Ronald D. Anton, a Lewiston lawyer who is seeking the Republican nomination for state attorney y's state ticket
general, is listed on the same petitions with Wein and Ms. Manning.

Anton is challenging Bernard C. Smith of Suffolk County, the endorsed Republican, for the party's nomination to run against state Attorney General Robert Abrams, a Democrat.

The Buffalo News incorrectly reported Tuesday that Anton had the Right to Life Party endorsement for attorney general.

A Right to Life Party leader said Wednesday that Anton could become the party's candidate for attorney general, but "at this time (he) is not the endorsed Right to Life Party candidate for state attorney general."

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