HOUSTON -- Four campaign workers have been arrested after a Democrat accused his Republican opponent of using forged signatures to get on the ballot in the Harris County Justice of the Peace race.
Democrat George Risner, the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace for the past 27 years, has filed a lawsuit to get a Republican challenger off the ballot.
Leonila Olivares-Salazar, a local TV host and realtor, is a candidate in the Republican Primary and like anyone else she needs 250 signatures to get on the ballot. But in a lawsuit filed against the Harris County Republican Party the judge alleges his opponent hired a company to get those signatures and that most of the signatures are fraudulent.
On Tuesday, four of those signature gatherers were indicted for organized criminal activity and admitted that they didn’t really gather all those signatures.
Despite that, Salazar said she should stay on the ballot.
“My argument is that they had the time to fight for it. Their deadline was past due. I did everything right in my power to be on this ballot,” she said. “I believe the people we hired. I’m not responsible because I didn’t collect the signatures personally. I have no fault in it.”