Democrats drop challenge of petitions submitted by GOP’s Kevin Raye

Posted March 28, 2012, at 1:04 p.m.
Last modified March 28, 2012, at 5:03 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Democratic Party has dropped its challenge of petitions submitted by Republican Kevin Raye to appear on the primary ballot for the 2nd Congressional District on June 12.

Mary-Erin Casale, executive director of the Maine Democratic Party, said Wednesday that the challenge was dropped.

The party had found fault with 15 petitions, including the master petition that was filled out by a town official, potentially invalidating all of the 1,000-plus signatures submitted by Raye.

Kathleen Summers-Grice, Raye’s spokeswoman, described the challenge as “frivolous.”

She said Democrats dropped the challenge “to spare themselves the public humiliation of having no case to present” at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.