According to the Scranton Times, State Representative Frank Andrews Shimkus has been removed from the ballot for the Aprill 22 Primary Election.
Shimkus was challenged by his Primary opponent, Kevin Murphy, as well as Scranton area activists Joe and Joanne Pilchesky. The challenge was based on the address that Shimkus listed as his residence. Judge Jubelirer stated that the use of the address in question was “a purposeful misrepresentation made in bad faith and with intent to deceive the electorate.”
This leaves North Scranton resident Kevin Murphy as the lone Democrat in the race. No Republican filed petitions leaving a vacancy on the Republican side of the ballot. Questions linger as to whether or not a Republican write-in will be attempted.