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The KY Supreme Court allows the Louisville legislature to stay on the ballot while the lawsuit continues

State representative Nima KulkarniD-Louisville, has been allowed to run for re-election Tuesday as a legal challenge to her filing papers continues in the state’s highest court.

Dennis Horlander, a former state representative who was fired by Kulkarni during the 2018 primary, says her candidacy is invalid because one of the required witnesses on her filing papers was a registered Republican when she signed the form.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals sided with Horlander last week. Kulkarni appealed this decision.

On Monday, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Laurance VanMeter issued a two-page opinion saying the primary between Kulkarni and Democratic challenger William Zeitz can proceed as planned.

However, election officials cannot certify the race results until the Supreme Court approves, VanMeter said in his order.

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In the meantime, Kulkarni and Horlander must file written submissions on their dispute with the Supreme Court by May 31, with oral arguments scheduled for June 6, he said.

Kulkarni, a lawyer, joined the House of Representatives in 2019.

“As of today, I remain on the ballot and ask Democratic voters in District 40 to cast their votes for me, the only candidate in this race who is seeking the office of State Representative in the best interests of our district,” she said. in a statement. “My opponent in this race was not interested in campaigning, but instead relied on legal tricks to take away voters’ choice.

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to review our case. Democracy must always prevail.”

Zeitz is the only other candidate to file for Louisville’s 40th House District.

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