By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT –Richard Treitz, a candidate in last month’s Republican primary election in the state House’s 24th District that covers Marion, LaRue and Green counties, is legally contesting the results of the election.
Treitz, in a lawsuit filed May 30 in Green Circuit Court, claims that election officials allowed a third candidate’s name – Amber Roger Dones –to appear on the ballot even after she had withdrawn from the race on Feb. 28.
The election results showed Treitz of Greensburg losing to J. Alex LaRue of Hodgenville by a vote of 1,400 to 1,166.
In his lawsuit, Treitz claimed that the county clerks in the district “failed and refused to inform the voters” during the election that Dones had withdrawn from the race and was not a valid candidate.
He said Dones got about 343 votes, which would have gone to him.
“The intentional and pervasive failure to inform the voters of the defective ballots amounts to perpetrating a fraud on the voters and unjustly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the election,” the suit said.
Treitz is asking the court to set aside the election. He also wants the court to declare him the winner or allow all the voters who voted for Dones to vote again in a special election in the district.
Election officials have not yet replied to Treitz’ lawsuit.
Democratic incumbent Terry Mills of Lebanon will face the Republican nominee for the House seat in the Nov. 4 general election. Mills had no opponent in the May Democratic primary election.