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UPDATED: O'Boyle candidacy

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Prior to making its decision to allow John O'Boyle to be on the ballot for Pierce County judge, the state Government Accountability Board received letters from three people objecting to his candidacy.

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To read those letters, including two from his opponent Robert Loberg, click on the icons below this story.

On Thursday, the GAB determined O'Boyle, currently the county's district attorney, met deadlines to be on the ballot for the Pierce County judgeship. That decision triggered a primary election on Feb. 16.

"Mr. O'Boyle's candidacy lives," said GAB spokesman Reid Magney Thursday afternoon.

The other two candidates for the office are lawyers Joe Boles of River Falls and Loberg of Ellsworth.

O'Boyle overnight mailed all his paperwork to the state office Monday, Jan. 4, intending that it meet the 5 p.m. Jan. 5 deadline. The material did not arrive at the GAB office until the morning of Jan. 6.

Magney said the problem arose when the GAB moved its office in January 2009. Prior to that it had a post office box that GAB staff would check at 5 p.m. on the filing deadline.

But with the move, the agency's mail is sent to another box.

"It's actually a bin sitting in the main post office on the east side of Madison," said Magney. He said postal workers sort the GAB's mail into that bin, which is picked up by state mail system workers and delivered to the offices.

The mail is picked up at 8 a.m. each day. Because O'Boyle's materials didn't arrive until 11 a.m. Jan. 5, they weren't delivered to the GAB until the next day.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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