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Woman Who Changed Name Off Ballot

January 20, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Carol Moseley-Braun won’t be on the ballot in next month’s city election.

The former Lauryn K. Valentine _ who changed her name to match the former senator’s _ didn’t register to vote under her new name in time to run for alderman, the Chicago Board of Elections ruled Tuesday.

Board members also said it appears the 21-year-old market researcher intended to mislead voters by changing her name to run for public office.

Valentine changed her name to Moseley-Braun in September, saying she just wanted to honor her role model.

Three months later, she announced her bid for alderman in the Feb. 23 election, prompting protests from the original Moseley-Braun and incumbent Alderman Percy Giles.

The new Moseley-Braun’s campaign manager, Ernest Henton Jr., said he’ll appeal the election board’s decision.

``It’s a total, total miscarriage of justice,″ Henton said. ``How can one say that it’s false and misleading to use your name?″

Giles, who filed the objection, said he feared some people would have voted for Moseley-Braun thinking she was the former senator.

An attorney for the original Moseley-Braun said the 51-year-old Chicago Democrat still plans to ask a judge to reverse the name change. The former senator lost her re-election bid to Republican Peter Fitzgerald in November.

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