Legislative District 9 Rep. Ethan Orr is facing a lawsuit that could his chances for a second term. 

Local attorney Jeff Rogers filed a lawsuit on behalf of local resident Paul Hilts, claiming as many as 288 signatures should be disqualified. 

If successful, the legal case would leave the freshman Republican without enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.  

Only two valid candidates would remain, LD9 Rep. Victoria Steele and Randy Friese. Both are Democrats.

Orr said the lawsuit has no merit and called it a cheap partisan attack meant to distract voters.

"I just want people to have a choice," Orr said.

The case is scheduled to go before a Pima County Superior Court judge on June 18. 

Read more in tomorrow's Arizona Daily Star.

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