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Councilmember Sekou Biddle‘s campaign is challenging the petitions of three of his at-large competitors in the April special election. Biddle doesn’t think Pat Mara, Jacque Patterson, or Bryan Weaver have the required 3,000 legitimate signatures to be on the ballot.

Originally, Biddle’s campaign was going to challenge Vincent Orange‘s signatures as well. But Bandele McQueen, Biddle’s campaign treasurer who filed the challenges, received a call right before the 5 p.m. deadline when he was at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics and was told to withdraw the challenge to Orange, according to VO, who happened to be at the BOEE watching the drama unfold. Orange says McQueen was so startled by the news that he had to call back and double check the new instructions.

Orange says he’s unconcerned without whatever thinking went on within Biddle’s camp to led to them reversing their decision to challenge his signatures.

“Bottom line, I’m on the ballot,” he says.

LL has a call into Biddle and will update as necessary.

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