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Nassau County's 5th Legislative District Democratic primary canceled

John P. McCloy Jr., who was running for

John P. McCloy Jr., who was running for Nassau Legislature 5th District as a Democrat, was knocked off the ballot after a decision by the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division that ruled his petition should not have been validated. (Aug. 6, 2013) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

The Democratic primary race for Nassau’s 5th Legislative District has been canceled after a decision by the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division that knocked challenger John P. McCloy Jr. off the ballot.

The appellate court ruled that McCloy’s designating petition had technical faults and should not have been validated by the first court that ruled in his favor.

McCloy, an insurance agent and community activist, said he would not appeal the decision.

“I’m just an average guy who wanted to run for office to make our community better,” he said. “I guess I will have to entrust others to do so.”

Garrett Armwood, a Baldwin Democrat who had filed the objection to McCloy’s candidacy, could not be reached for comment.

Laura Curran, a Baldwin school board member and the party’s choice for the seat, also could not be reached.

The seat has been held for nearly 10 years by Joseph Scannell (D-Baldwin), who decided not to run for it again.

The district covers Baldwin, Freeport, Rockville Centre, South Hempstead, and part of Oceanside and Merrick.

Tags: John P. McCloy Jr. , Garrett Armwood , Laura Curran , Joseph Scannell

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