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Breaking: Appeals court rules Kulkarni ineligible

The court said Nima Kulkarni’s filing paperwork was invalid due to one of her nominators was not registered as a Democrat at the time of the filing.

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In a reversal of a previous decision, a state court has ruled incumbent state Rep. Nima Kulkarni, a Louisville Democrat, filed improper paperwork as she sought reelection this year and should be removed from the ballot as a qualified candidate.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals issued the ruling Wednesday morning.

In a text message, Kulkarni said her team is "absolutely taking this to the Supreme Court." Early voting in Kentucky's primary begins Thursday, with Election Day set for Tuesday.

"The Court of Appeals got it wrong and ignored major components of the law," Kulkarni wrote Wednesday morning. "I am disappointed that they chose to disenfranchise voters one day before early voting begins. We are absolutely fighting this unjust decision."

Kulkarni, in office since 2019, faced one primary challenger in fellow Democrat William Zeitz. No Republicans filed to run.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of former state Rep. Dennis Horlander, who Kulkarni defeated in the 2018 election to take office. He is not running for the seat. Horlander's attorney, Steven Megerle, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Read the rest at the Courier-Journal.

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