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Russell A. Neverdon Sr. (File photo)

Neverdon candidacy falls short of signatures; appeal to Board of Elections planned

Russell A. Neverdon Sr., an independent candidate for Baltimore City state’s attorney, will appeal to the state Board of Elections a decision that he is not eligible to be placed on November’s general election ballot.

Neverdon delivered a petition to the board last week containing nearly 5,700 signatures of Baltimore residents. He needed 4,150 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot but the city’s Board of Elections reported Friday that the petition contained only 3,099 valid signatures.

Neverdon’s campaign said in a statement that it created its own verification system based on voter data provided by the city’s Board of Elections to ensure “the legitimacy of the signatures.”

Neverdon, a veteran criminal defense lawyer, is hoping to face Democratic nominee Marilyn J. Mosby in November.

Mosby defeated the incumbent, Gregg Bernstein, in the June primary. There is no Republican candidate.

Neverdon opted not to run in the primary, saying he wanted to give the voters a choice in November.