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Way behind in fundraising, longtime at-large State Board of Education member Mary Lord faces a serious challenge in November from hopeful Jacque Patterson. Unless she can kick him off the ballot first!

In a challenge filed Tuesday with the D.C. Board of Elections (DCBOE), Lord says Patterson doesn’t have the required 1,000 nominating signatures necessary to run in the general election. Instead, Lord claims that she’s found nearly 500 signatures from Patterson’s campaign that are either tied to out-of-state voters or incorrect addresses within the District.

“You can tell I’m kind of loaded for bear,” an excited Lord tells LL. “I play by the rules, what can I say?”

Representatives for Patterson, whose petitions will be considered by DCBOE later this month, didn’t respond to requests for comment on Lord’s challenge. This won’t be his first time dealing with a challenge—Patterson was kicked off the ballot in 2011’s at-large race for not having enough signatures. 

Lord claims that some of Patterson’s petitions show efforts to cross out information that would show a voter was registered out of state.

“The most competitive race on the ballot just may be a little less competitive,” Lord says.