Judge says prothonotary candidate must pay filing fees for petition to eliminate competitor
A Fayette County judge on Tuesday denied a Fairchance man's request to delay payment of filing fees for a petition seeking to eliminate one of his competitors for the Democratic nomination for prothonotary.
Robert “Ted” Pritchard last week filed a single petition seeking to strike the nominating petitions of his three competitors, Pamela Hudson, Paul Shipley and Nina Capuzzi Frankhouser.
Judge John F. Wagner Jr. said in a previous order that Pritchard erred by putting the three candidates on one petition and paying just one filing fee.
He separated them into three petitions and set a hearing date for Hudson, whose name appears first on the original petition.
Hearing dates for Shipley and Frankhouser will not be set until Pritchard pays $86 in filing fees on each of the two other challenges, for a total of $172, according to Wagner's order.
Pritchard filed a motion Monday seeking to proceed as a pauper because he cannot immediately pay the fees. On Tuesday, Senior Judge Gerald R. Solomon denied the request in regard to Shipley's petition.
A different judge has been assigned to Frankhouser's petition, but no action was taken as of Tuesday afternoon.
In lieu of proceeding as a pauper, Pritchard on Tuesday filed motions seeking to make monthly payments on the fees. No action has been taken on those requests, according to court records.
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