In disclosing that she will not personally file a legal challenge to county Clerk Aaron Ammons’ refusal to accept her election filing papers, Marisol Hughes said litigation is needed to settle the issue of whether Maryam Ar-Raheem or Carol Ammons is the party chairwoman.

The intra-party feud over control of the Champaign County Democratic Party has reached its high-water mark — at least so far — now that the two rival factions each have slated their own candidates to run for county treasurer.

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