- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A candidate for Pinal County court clerk saved her spot on the Republican primary election ballot by using a court’s lunch break to round up a vital witness.

Amanda Stanford went to a nearby cafe in Florence and located a waitress whose signature on Stanford’s nominating petitions was among those being challenged.

The Arizona Capitol Times (http://bit.ly/1ois3GT ) reports that the waitress left work and went to court. She testified she was registered under her maiden name but had signed Stanford’s petition under her married name.

The waitress had her driver’s license with her maiden name and checks with her married name.

The judge who heard the case accepted the testimony and evidence, ruling June 20 that Stanford had the exact number of signatures necessary to run against incumbent Chad Roche.

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