Cheri Honkala and Green Party of Pennsylvania Vow to Appeal Court Ruling and to Continue Campaign for State Representative
Honkala argues that District 197 Cannot Afford Another Corrupt Politician; Needs an Advocate who Lives in the District and Fights for Their Interests.
On February 15, the Commonwealth Court ruled to not accept the Petition for Writ of Mandamus placed by the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Cheri Honkala. The Writ was to compel the state to accept Cheri’s nomination papers and place her name on the Green Party ballot line for the special election to be held on March 21 to replace Leslie Acosta as Representative of Pennsylvania House District 197.
Cheri for the 197th
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The Green Party of Pennsylvania and Cheri Honkala will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court tomorrow morning. "We will file an appeal to the state Supreme Court," said lawyer Samuel Stretton. "This decision ignores the fact that the Green Party is entitled to have a candidate on the ballot. The endorsed Green Party candidate is Cheri Honkala. This is not a situation like a primary election where multiple people are allowed to run in a party primary. The election code allows individual parties to nominate someone as their candidate."
Stretton continued, "This is classic First Amendment freedom of speech and association violated. The Green Party is being denied their choice while the Democratic and Republican parties are allowed to have their choice. The voters' right to vote is being violated."