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Judge puts Martinez back on ballot for County Legislature

With a state Supreme Court justice restoring 21 names to his designating petitions on Tuesday, David Martinez regained a place on the ballot for the County Legislature’s District 2 Democratic primary.

After elections officials ruled last week that he didn’t have the required 500 valid signatures on his petitions, Martinez took the matter to court. Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek restored all but one of the names, according to Martinez’s attorney, Peter Reese.

“The judge got us to 516, a clean sweep,” Reese said after the decision. “This will be a four-way race."

Martinez, an attorney, will be competing for the seat in the heavily Democratic district on Sept. 12 against Charley H. Fisher III, former at-large Common Council member; April Baskin, who has the backing of party leaders; and Duncan Kirkwood, Western New York advocacy manager for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

The seat is now held by Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who is not seeking re-election because she is running for mayor in the same Sept. 12 primary election.

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