A judge is weighing whether to block the candidacy of a Mesa woman running in the recall election of state Senate President Russell Pearce.
Judge Edward Burke of Maricopa County Superior Court said after a 5-hour hearing Thursday that he’ll rule by Monday on the challenge to Olivia, who denied she’s a sham candidate.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Pearce critic contends Cortes’ candidacy is a fraud orchestrated by Pearce supporters to dilute the vote against him in the Nov. 8 election.
Cortes said she’s running to win and wants to serve her community.
She described herself as a campaign novice and said she has relied on help from East Valley Tea Party Chairman Greg Western. He also said in his own testimony.
Ballots have been printed already.