O'Hara appeals name removal

By The Associated Press

JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Shawn O’Hara, who wants to run for two statewide offices in the 2011 election.

In March, the state Democratic Party executive committee refused to allow O’Hara’s name on the Tuesday’s primary ballot in the state treasurer’s race. O’Hara had filed to run for Mississippi treasurer as a Democrat and for governor in the general election as a Reform Party candidate.

State law says a candidate may run for only one statewide office at a time.

A Hinds County judge this month threw out O’Hara’s complaint. The Supreme Court on Friday denied O’Hara’s petition.