- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state judge has rejected a challenge to Pennsylvania state Rep. Brendan Boyle’s nomination petition for re-election.

Commonwealth Court Senior Judge James Gardner Colins ruled Thursday against a Philadelphia constituent who argued that most of Boyle’s signatures were invalid because they were notarized by an aide in violation of the state notaries public law.

The judge did not immediately issue an opinion explaining the basis for his decision.

Boyle, whose district includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, is also running for Congress this year.

He’s one of four Democrats vying for the 13th District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who’s running for governor. He faces competition from former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dr. Valerie Arkoosh.

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