July 2, 2004
CHANDLER - State Reps. Warde Nichols and Steve Yarbrough, both Chandler Republicans, will remain on the Sept. 7 primary ballot, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.
Their only opponent in this year’s elections, fellow Republican Gretchen Wolfe, filed a lawsuit against the candidate petitions of the lawmakers, claiming the signatures on them had been collected through the mail instead of collected in person as required by law.
But Judge Edward Burke said Wolfe failed to provide any evidence to contradict statements by Nichols and Yarbrough that they stopped mailing petitions after they were warned by the state attorney general’s office in January. Nichols and Yarbrough added they tried to track down all the previously mailed petitions so the voter signatures could be verified in person.