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Once Arrested Rep Drops Out of Race for District 71

The incumbent Rep. Daniel Gordon says he is no longer running after failing to collect enough signatures to be named on the ballot.

The state representative, who was , told WPRO Tuesday morning he is no longer running for office after failing to collect enough signatures. 

Incumbent state Rep. Dan Gordon (Dist. 71, Little Compton, Portsmouth and Tiverton) submitted 61 names to Portsmouth Town Hall on July 13; however, only 28 of the names were accepted by the Board of Canvassers, reports The Providence Journal. Gordon was required to submit 50 signatures by the deadline. 

Gordon told WPRO the names were not accepted due to a redistricting error on his part. 

Gordon's name will now not appear on the November ballot. He could still run as a write-in candidate. His opponent, retired Portsmouth police officer Dennis Canario, is running unopposed. 

The freshman representative also told WPRO that he , but voluntarily left on his own. To hear the full interview with Gordon, click here

Gordon, who planned to run as a Libertarian, became the center of a widespread media inquiry last year after his September 2011 arrest as a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts.

JimR July 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Riding on East Main Rd Sunday I noticed an Elect Dan Gordon sign on the edge of the Town Hall driveway. Sign was gone on Monday. Guess they took out the trash.
portsmouthgirl63 July 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
LOL JimR!! As of yesterday, Elect Dan Gordon sign still in his yard.... passby his house everyday on my comute to work.
Jimmy July 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
How in the world did he manage to get any signatures at all?

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