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NEW ORLEANS -- The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld attorney James Gray's candidacy for District E council race, upholding earlier civil court ruling.

Last week Civil Court Judge Paula Brown ruled that Gray could remain in the race and that his eastern Katrina-damaged New Orleans home remains his domicile, even though he hasn't been living there.

Former Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis and state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, also had their candidacy challenged this month.

Willard-Lewis was ruled ineligible because of term limits, while Badon was allowed to stay in.

Gray and Badon are among five candidates in the Nov. 6 election to replace Jon Johnson on the council. He resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.

Jerrelda Drummer Sanders, Dana Henry and Mary Fontenot Smith are also vying for the spot on the council.

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