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7/13/06-Austin

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Sues To Get Nickname On Ballot

A gubernatorial candidate is suing the Texas secretary of state to have the nickname "Grandma" listed with her name on the November ballot.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn, an independent, had promised to sue earlier this week after Secretary of State Roger Williams ruled that "Grandma" is a slogan, not a nickname permitted on the ballot.

At the same time, however, he allowed independent candidate Kinky Friedman to be listed as Richard "Kinky" Friedman on the ballot. Friedman has used the nickname for years.

Strayhorn's suit says that the Texas Election Code guarantees her the right to use her nickname. Her attorney says Strayhorn began using "Grandma" when she became a grandmother in 1994.

Strayhorn and Friedman are trying to become the first independent elected Texas governor since Sam Houston in 1859.

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Posted BY 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger khefelfinger@kltv.com

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