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Reese declares for county exec; awaits ruling on ballot access

Attorney Peter A. Reese chose a Franklin D. Roosevelt monument in Martin Luther King Park Tuesday to declare his candidacy for county executive and a recommitment to Democratic Party principles.

But Reese, 74, then had to scurry to a downtown Board of Elections hearing later in the afternoon for a hearing to judge the validity of his designating petitions and whether he will qualify for a primary challenge against incumbent Democrat Mark A. Poloncarz.

Board officials have indicated, and Reese has acknowledged, that he may fall short of the 1,500 signatures required to make the ballot and compete in a June 25 primary election against Poloncarz. The Tuesday afternoon hearing had not yet reached a conclusion and was expected to resume on Wednesday, a board official said.

At his announcement, attended by seven supporters, including former Councilmember Charley H. Fisher III, Reese said he will ultimately go to court to challenge any ruling that denies him access to the ballot.

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