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State Board: Jen Mangrum can challenge Phil Berger in midterm elections

Senate candidate Jen Mangrum is seeking to unseat Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger will have a challenger on the ballot this November.

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement voted along party lines Thursday to overturn a residency challenge removing Jen Mangrum from the race against one of the state’s most influential politicians, Berger.

The Greensboro News & Record reports that Board Chair Andy Penry, Vice-Chair Joshua Malcolm, and members Valerie Johnson , Sella Anderson and Damon Circosta all voted in favor of the motion to overturn the challenge. Circosta is the unaffiliated member of the Board and the others are registered Democrats.

Secretary Ken Raymond and members Stacey Eggers, John Lewis and Jay Hemphill voted against it, the newspaper reported. They are the Republican members of the Board.

You can read more about the original residency challenge here. The News & Record reported on the Thursday meeting of the full state Board.

Penry said that he held concern as to if multi-county board’s finding used substantial evidence in their findings of record filed after the May 24 hearing.

“The facts are not in dispute, we know the facts are not in dispute,” said Penry, just prior to the board vote on his motion. “And here they all are – they are laid out and my view is that what we have here is unsubstantial evidence to support the conclusion that they made.”

Read the full article here.

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