Ballot challenges for Philadelphia primary begin on dramatic note

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Election court hearings on challenges to candidates in Philadelphia’s May primary began with a medical emergency. 

City Council At-Large candidate Devon Cade, who surprised the election board by filing challenges to 30 of his 33 opponents, collapsed to the floor just as the hearings were about to begin. 

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Cade was taken away by an ambulance, and his hearing was rescheduled for next week.

Judge Stella Tsai did hear a challenge to Council At-Large candidate Willie Singletary, the former traffic court judge convicted of lying to the FBI. 

Attorney Kevin Greenberg argued Singletary lied on his affidavit when he said he was eligible to run, because state law bars convicted felons of holding office. Singletary argued he did not lie because he believes he is eligible to run. 

He acknowledged he may not be able to take a seat, but he said voters should decide whether to elect him.

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