Knocked Off GOP
May Primary Ballot
MILFORD — Shohola Supervisor Greg Hoeper succeeded in knocking his opponent, Shirley Masuo, off the Republican Primary ballot for township supervisor.
Last week, Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Joseph Kameen upheld Hoeper's contention that his opponent, Shirley Masuo, did not meet the Pennsylvania Primary Election law standard of filing a minimum of 10 valid signatures on her election petition.
Hoeper contested Masuo's petition with the court. Milford Borough attorney Eric Hamill, a Shohola Township resident, represented Hoeper.
Kameen rendered his opinion at the Courthouse last Friday.
Hoeper said, "I filed to contest the petition after I researched the people on her petition. I had to file a "Right to Know" form to get the information.
"I checked the residency of each name on her petition with the Shohola tax collector. I found that one person only had a road name listed, but no house address."
Hamill said, "Due to the invalidity of one signature, related to residency, Masuo failed to meet the minimum number of signatures."
The person, a former resident, no longer lives in Shohola.
Kameen's court order stated that when the name on the Nomination Petition was stricken, the petition had insufficient signatures.
Hoeper said, "She ended up having only nine names, when she needed 10."
Masuo could still mount a write-in campaign. On Monday, she issued the following formal statement: "I'm happy to say that despite several calls and a visit to my home by Mr. Hoeper's attorney, the attempts to force me to withdraw from the race were unsuccessful. I am currently considering my next moves."
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