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Gabel backer seeks to keep challenger off ballot

A contributor to State Rep. Robyn Gabel’s election campaign is seeking to have her Libertarian Party challenger kicked off the ballot.

Susan Greene, of 922 Asbury Ave., who runs the health-care consulting firm Susan Greene & Associates, filed the objection to Libertarian Steve Funk’s petitions with the State Board of Elections this afternoon, shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline.

Gabel, a former lobbyist for women’s health issues, has drawn strong support from segments of the health care industry.

Funk submitted over 3,300 petition signatures a week ago. The minimum number of valid signatures required is 2,561.

Funk says he’s confident that enough of his signatures will be found valid to keep him on the ballot. But he’s asking supporters for donations to help fight the objection.

Greene says she believes Funk doesn’t have enough valid signatures — that many are from people who live outside the district or who are not registered to vote or appear to be invalid for other reasons.

She says, "I’m supportive of any potential candidate petitioning to get on the ballot, if he or she meets the threshold of the law."

Gabel, who won the five-way Democratic primary in February, was appointed in April to fill the unexpired term of incumbent Julie Hamos, who quit to take a job in the Quinn administration after losing her primary race for an open congressional seat.

She faces no Republican or Green party opposition in the fall election.

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