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  Who Is The Real Independent In City Council District 9?
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Last EditedPA Indy  Aug 13, 2019 09:17am
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AuthorChris Potter
News DateTuesday, August 13, 2019 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThree candidates seeking to challenge Pittsburgh City Councilor Ricky Burgess in District 9 this November are arguing over who gets to call themselves an independent.

Candidates who run on their own, without a party behind them, get to customize the label that appears alongside their name on the fall ballot. This year’s ballot, for example, will feature a Woodland Hills school board hopeful running on the “Independent Woman” ticket. But under state law, the name they pick can't be "identical with or deceptively similar to" words used by other political bodies which already had filed nomination papers.
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