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UPDATE: Board approves Gary George for congressional run

UPDATE: Convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George will be allowed on the ballot to challenge fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore for Congress.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 --- 10:33 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George will be allowed on the ballot to challenge fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore for Congress.

The Government Accountability Board voted unanimously Tuesday to certify George and other candidates for the Aug. 12 ballot.

Milwaukee labor leader Sheila Cochran had challenged nearly 1,000 of the signatures George collected on his nomination papers, saying they were collected by convicted felons.

The elections board determined the circulators were off probation and therefore signatures they collected could be counted. The board found that George submitted 1,391 valid signatures. He needed 1,000 to make the ballot.

George was recalled from office as a state senator in 2003 and convicted of a felony count of conspiring to defraud the government in 2004.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 10, 2014 --- 9:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Staff of the state elections board is recommending that convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George be allowed on the ballot to challenge fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore for Congress.

The Government Accountability Board was meeting Tuesday to certify candidates for the Aug. 12 ballot.

Milwaukee labor leader Sheila Cochran had challenged nearly 1,000 of the signatures George collected on his nomination papers, saying they were collected by convicted felons.

Board staff is recommending the challenge be denied and that George be allowed on the ballot after having submitted 1,391 valid signatures. He needed 1,000 to make the ballot.

George was recalled from office as a state senator in 2003 and convicted of a felony count of conspiring to defraud the government in 2004.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 10:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George has enough signatures on his nomination papers to run for Congress in Milwaukee against fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

George filed signatures Monday to get on the ballot to challenge Moore for the 4th Congressional District seat she's held since 2005. He needed to submit 1,000 valid signatures. An initial count by the Government Accountability Board on Tuesday gave George 754 signatures, but the number was later revised to 1,294.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 3:43 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George may not have enough signatures on his nomination papers to run for Congress in Milwaukee against fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

George filed signatures Monday to get on the ballot to challenge Moore for the 4th Congressional District seat she's held since 2005. He needed to submit 1,000 valid signatures. The Government Accountability Board says based on a tentative count as of midday Tuesday he has 754 signatures.

George's campaign sent an email saying there were "minor circulator information omissions" that were not a significant problem and will be fixed.

The board was meeting on June 10 to certify candidates for the Aug. 12 primary.

Moore says she welcomes George, who was recalled from office in 2003, to the race.

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Posted Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 9:38 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George is running for Congress in Milwaukee against fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

George filed signatures Monday to get on the ballot to challenge Moore for the 4th Congressional District seat she's held since 2005. If both are certified to appear on the ballot next week, they will face off in an Aug. 12 primary.

George was recalled from his state Senate office in 2003 and convicted in 2004 of one felony count of conspiring to defraud the government. Convicted felons are not prohibited from running for Congress.

George says he is running for Congress "in response to citizen demands for stronger leadership from Milwaukee's political community."

Moore says she welcomes George into the race.

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