Former congresswoman Nan Hayworth and incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will face their first rematch battle in June. According to the Hudson Valley news site, Maloney Hayworth will square off in a June 24 primary on the Independence Party ballot line for their general election contest in November to represent New York’s 18th Congressional District.
The state Board of Elections validated Maloney’s Independence petition on Wednesday, finding that he had 1,800 valid signatures after the rejection of 361 that were successfully challenged, presumably by Hayworth’s campaign. The first-term congressman needed 1,111 valid signatures to qualify for the race.
Hayworth, who lost her seat to Maloney in 2012, averted a Republican primary when her GOP rival Andre Barnett’s petitions were found invalid by the Board of Elections. With the discounting of 86 invalid signatures, Barnett had 1,166 names, short of the 1,250 threshold to get on the ballot, the board’s spokesman Tom Connolly said Thursday.