- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart will seek re-election through a party canvass after a clerical error denied him the right to compete in a primary.

The county Republican Committee issued a formal call for nominations Wednesday under a party canvass, or “firehouse primary,” to be held on April 25.

Stewart, Sheriff Glendell Hill and two other county supervisors had intended to defend their seats in a state-run primary, but party officials were one day late turning in paperwork to the State Board of Elections.

The candidates sued, citing a provision in state law that guarantees certain candidates the right to seek re-election via primary. But a judge rejected the lawsuit last week.

Stewart blamed Democrats who control the local election board for meddling in Republican affairs.

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