Created: 04/29/2014 7:39 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's highest court is to consider whether maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint can run for re-election in the June 3 Democratic primary.
The state Supreme Court is to hear arguments from lawyers Tuesday on whether a Gallup judge correctly disqualified the three-term incumbent as a candidate last week.
District Judge Louis DePauli ruled that Jeff didn't have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions. She submitted 91 signatures to the secretary of state's office, but the judge determined that only 68 were valid. That left Jeff 10 short of what was needed to appear on the primary ballot to run against two other Democrats.
Jeff has supported Republicans and Gov. Susana Martinez on key votes in the House, where Democrats hold a narrow majority.
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