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Two More Carson Challengers In 7th If Signatures Validated

Andre Carson speaking at the IU School of Medicine last year.

Election officials are sorting out whether Seventh District Congressman Andre Carson will have one opponent, two, or three. Community activist Mmoja Ajabu submitted petitions to run as an independent, but the Board of Voter Registration says dozens of signatures are likely to be tossed out because they‘re photocopies, not originals.

“We’ve done what we can do. Our job was to have the petitions in; we had them in last week, so we’ve done what we can do,” Ajabu says. “The law says she‘s got to certify them and turn them in to the state board of elections; we‘re waiting on her to do her job.”

Ajabu contends there is no requirement that the petitions be originals, but insists his are, even though some of the signatures are cut off on the left margin, as if placed imperfectly on the copier glass.

Former Indianapolis Colts kick returner Devin Moore has also filed as an independent, though he says he is not sure whether he has the required three-thousand signatures. He says he’d try to make health care more affordable.

“You have to find ways, small ways, to contribute to that,” Moore says. “Even if that‘s putting a small tax on your trash — the American people, we all pay for trash. Maybe if we added an extra dollar or something to contribute to that — there‘s other ways.”

The board has two weeks to compile an official total. Moore says even if he falls short, he will continue meeting with community groups in preparation for another run in 2014.

Moore describes his platform as a blend of Democratic and Republican positions, and says he would focus on creating jobs in the Seventh District. He says he would look for ways to put contractors and construction trades to work to improve Indianapolis neighborhoods.

The only challenger sure to be on the ballot is Republican Carlos May. Libertarians didn’t nominate a candidate.

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