Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis will issue a decision Friday at 3 p.m. whether Mary-Jane Foster and her slate of candidates will face Mayor Bill Finch in a primary. The judge presented a series of questions to lawyers involved in the court complaint against Democratic Registrar Santa Ayala who rejected the Foster slate citing one too many candidates for Board of Education on certification papers. Ayala had informed Town Clerk Alma Maya who prepares candidate names for the ballot that Foster had sufficient petition signatures, but then Ayala yanked back the ballot approval claiming the candidate surplus issue obligated her to blowtorch the entire slate. Foster’s lawyers argue Ayala is at fault.
Read the responses to the judge from Foster’s lawyers Alan Neigher and Michele Mount.
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