Judge rules in favor of Rep. Gosch in notary dispute - KOTA Territory News

Judge rules in favor of Rep. Gosch in notary dispute

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A South Dakota judge rules in favor of representative Brian Gosch in a ballot dispute involving the Secretary of State.

Rapid City business woman and former republican U.S. house candidate Stephanie Strong had filed a lawsuit claiming Gosch should not have been on the November general election ballot because he notarized his own election petitions.

Judge Kathleen Trandahl ruled there is no legal basis to remove Gosch from the ballot, and it's not in Secretary of State Jason Gant's power to remove a qualified candidate from elected office.

Strong said in an email that Judge Trandahl "let Gosch off with a pass".

According to Gosch's attorney Sara Frankenstein, the Judge also said the lawsuit came too late, and the case needed to be seen before the November election.

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