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June 24, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Releases Decision on Challenge to Herbert J. Hoffman Candidate Petition Effort

Augusta- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced today that he has rejected a challenge to nominating petitions submitted to his office by Herbert J. Hoffman of Ogunquit. Hoffman submitted the petitions to the Secretary of State in an effort to have his name placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate for the office of U.S. Senator. The challenge of the nominating petitions came from John Knutson, of Brooklin, Maine.

Secretary Dunlap affirmed the findings of a report from Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn. Flynn served as Hearings Officer at a Challenge Hearing held Monday, June 16. In its’ initial review, the Secretary of State’s office determined Hoffman’s nominating petitions contained 4,112 valid signatures. As a result of evidence and testimony presented at the June 16 Hearing, the Challenger was able to demonstrate that 74 of those signatures were in fact invalid. With those 74 signatures disallowed, however, a total of 4, 038 valid signatures remain, which is still a sufficient number to place Hoffman’s name on statewide ballots in November as a candidate in the race for the office of U.S. Senator.

Maine law allows for either the petition challenger or the candidate to appeal the decision of the Secretary of State by way of an action in Superior Court within 5 days of this decision.