Petition to get 'Duke' off ballot rejected

April 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., April 4 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania judge rejected a petition to have a county sheriff removed from an election ballot for including his nickname, "Duke."

Bucks County Judge Gary Gilman rejected the petition Tuesday from challenger Tom Lingenfelter to have Bucks County Sheriff Edward "Duke" Donnelly removed from the May primary ballot for using a nickname that indicates a "hereditary distinction or nobility title" without being his given, legal name, Phillyburbs.com reported Thursday.

Bucks County Elections Director Deena Dean told the judge at least 20 candidates for various offices are expected to appear on the ballot this year using chosen nicknames.

Gilman said in his ruling it did not appear Thomas had intended to mislead voters.

"It strikes me that if George Herman Ruth was running for office, then there would be no objection to him appearing on the ballot as Babe Ruth," Gilman said.

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