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Wanna-be judge argues against Alabama Democratic Party's exclusion of her

The Birmingham News reports: The [Alabama] state Democratic Party didn't follow state law when it disqualified Bessemer lawyer Ginette Dow as the Democratic nominee for a district judgeship race in Bessemer, her attorney argued in state court here Wednesday.

Dennis Bailey, representing Dow, asked Montgomery County Circuit Judge William Shashy to rule the Democratic Party cannot remove Dow's name from the November ballot.

The reason the party cannot do so, he said, is because a sworn challenge to her qualifications wasn't filed within 24 hours after she was declared its nominee on April 7.

Bobby Segall, an attorney for the state Democratic Party, defended the party's disqualification of Dow by arguing the law cited by Bailey refers to contests after an election, not to challenges to qualifications filed before an election. -- Judge hears sides on Dow candidacy (Birmingham News)