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Rodriguez to vie for Conservative line; will fight challenge

  By Robert J. McCarthy

   Republican Sergio R. Rodriguez is making good on his promise to challenge incumbent Democrat Byron W. Brown on the Conservative line.

   Rodriguez, the GOP candidate, said today he has submitted more than double the Conservative signatures for "an opportunity to ballot," which would allow him to challenge Brown -- the endorsed Conservative candidate -- for the line in the Sept. 10 Conservative primary.

   "During the petition process I encountered many registered Conservative party voters who are extremely unhappy with the leadership's decision to endorse a candidate who does not share their values," he said. "I look forward to restoring the Conservative party line back to where it belongs this September."

   The candidate said he intends to fight an objection filed to the signatures on his designating petitions by Vincent D. Lorigo.

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