Morristown’s Second Ward council race returns to court today


It has become a numbers game for Toshiba Foster, and the numbers aren’t looking too good as she returns to Superior Court today, July 29, in hopes of overturning Councilwoman Raline Smith-Reid’s Democratic primary victory in Morristown’s Second Ward.

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Councilwoman Raline Smith-Reid's team plans to ask a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to her Democratic primary victory.

Toshiba had challenged 55 of Raline’s voters. This week, Toshiba withdrew 18 of those names from her challenge, leaving 37 contested votes.

Raline’s lawyer, Paul Bangiola, has indicated that he will ask that another 20 names be withdrawn.

That would leave only 17 contested votes–not enough to overturn Raline’s 21-vote victory in June.

Attorney Shari Weiner is scheduled to stand in for Toshiba’s ailing lawyer at 11 am before Judge Thomas Weisenbeck.

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Toshiba Foster is challenging results of her narrow defeat by Councilwoman Raline Smith-Reid in Morristown's Second Ward primary. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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