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Candidate disqualified from District 2 race

Mar 25, 2010 9:56:00 AM - thestate.com
Late-filing Columbia city council candidate Catherine Bruce was disqualified this morning from running for city council in the upcoming District 2 race.

"Our duty is clear,'" said Hamilton Osborne, one of the three members of the Municipal Election Commission who voted unanimously to disqualify Bruce.

Osborne said the law, absent certain compelling circumstances that might have justified excusing Bruce's lateness, left the commission no choice.

Bruce filed two minutes after the noon March 19 filing deadline. She would have been the ninth candidate in the special election to fill the District 2 seat vacated by longtime councilmember E.W. Cromartie. The sprawling district runs from the center city to the north part of the city.

Bruce said her delay was caused by wanting to take time to reflect on a council bid, as well as talk to family.

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