“It’s not about who won the race, it’s about who is eligible to run in the race.” said Ross in a prepared statement to the press. “The state board needs to hold all candidates accountable equally and fairly according to law.”
The Baltimore City Circuit Court did not honor a request from Ross to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent Branch’s swearing-in.
Ross is receiving assistance from Joan Floyd, the 2004 Green Party candidate for City Council President and a civic advocate. Floyd states that the state Board of Elections discussed the eligibility issue during their October 26 meeting, but no ruling was made and no action was taken regarding Branch’s candidacy prior to election day.
Ross and Floyd expect initial hearings in this case will take place in January 2005.
This story was published on December 28, 2004.