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Egriu designating petitions dealt Board of Elections setback

The staff of the state Board of Elections has invalidated the designating petitions of Emin “Eddie” Egriu in his bid to challenge Rep. Brian Higgins in the June Democratic primary.

Board spokesman John W. Conklin said the bipartisan board “typically” approves staff recommendations, adding that an official vote on the matter is slated for Wednesday.

He said Egriu submitted 2,940 signatures to meet the requirement of 1,250. But the staff invalidated 1,719, leaving him with only 1,221.

Conklin said the board expects Egriu to challenge the invalidations in court.