All Three Council Challengers Fail To Qualify For Ballot, Election Still On – August 14, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Valerie Rose-Campbell

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – Only three of six Arcata City Council aspirants will appear on the November ballot, and they already hold office.

Incumbent Councilmembers Shane Brinton, Michael Winkler and Susan Ornelas all qualified for candidacy by supplying nominating petitions bearing the signatures of at least 20 registered Arcata voters.

All three non-incumbents who had filed papers – Jolian Kangas, Valerie Rose-Campbell and Mark Sailors – did not meet the 20-signature threshold, and will not be on the ballot.

Just 11 of the 27 signatures Kangas supplied were valid. Rose-Campbell had 16 of 30 verified. Sailors scored 15 out of 26.

The three may still run as write-in candidates, but must meet the same requirements for ballots cast in their name to count. They may again take out papers on Sept. 10, then submit petitions and financial disclosures by Oct. 23.

Jolian Kangas

Deputy City Clerk Bridget Dory said petition signatures are typically disqualified for not being those of registered Arcata voters, use of false names or invalid addresses.

“Serious bummer,” said Rose-Campbell, whose campaign slogan was going to be, “Arcata should walk the walk.”

“This won’t be the end of me though,” she added. “I still think Arcata has lost its backbone and I still want to be involved in making Arcata a strong and positive presence in California again.”

Update: This afternoon, City Manager Randy Mendosa provided the following update to the City Council, City Attorney and news media:

Honorable Mayor and Council members (Bcc)

Bridget and Nancy researched and conveyed the following information FYI:

Mark Sailors

Of the six people who filed nomination papers for a seat on the Arcata City Council, only the three incumbents qualified as candidates.  Pursuant to California Elections Code § 10229(b), Arcata must still hold an election because of the two measures that qualified for the ballot.  Therefore, the names of the three incumbents will appear on the November 6, 2012, ballot as candidates for Arcata City Council.

Randy Mendosa, City Manager

City of Arcata California

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “All Three Council Challengers Fail To Qualify For Ballot, Election Still On – August 14, 2012”

  1. Rob Walker

    aww Mark, I would have signed for ya.. if I lived in Arcata ;) the rest of you, you know, the ones who decided it was a good idea to supply fake names or at the very least, the names of people who didn't or couldn't recall signing for you… or somehow had moved out of the area and were no longer valid, for shame…

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  2. aww Mark, I would have signed for ya.. if I lived in Arcata ;) the rest of you, you know, the ones who decided it was a good idea to supply fake names or at the very least, the names of people who didn't or couldn't recall signing for you… or somehow had moved out of the area and were no longer valid, for shame…

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  3. The election board invalidated 12 of my nomination signature for city council. According to the letter I just received at least 5 of them ( enough to make the ballot" had the proper name, proper address, we registered to vote at the current address, but someone did not "like" the way they signed their names. They claim the signatures do not match.

    Every non incumbent challenger had a minimum of 10 signatures rejected.

    At this point I am leaning towards ELECTION FRAUD.

    I want to see the voter registration cards. I personally know everyone that signed my paper and they are all willing to go to election headquarters to fight for their rights. (Having their legal signatures counted).

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  4. Kevin Hoover

    I looked at all the nominating petitions last week. In your case, Mark, the Elections Division found 11 (not 12) of 26 invalid. Even if all three with non-matching signatures were counted, that would still only put you at 18, two short of the required 20. Three of your signatories weren't registered to vote; three don't live in Arcata; two were registered at a different address.

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  5. We will see, I am going down to elections office today to complain.

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  6. I want to personally see the disqualified signatures, as i do not believe the results.

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  7. Kevin Hoover

    Please report your findings. I'm writing my wrap-up story today.

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  8. You know I will. Some people that signed my paper are really pissed off that their signatures might have been disqualified, so for them and my own personal peace of mind I need to be sure .

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  9. Kevin, I am just now able to leave Arcata to go to the elections office. I will let you know what I know when I get home and to a computer. I have a feeling it will be too late for you r deadline.
    Also fraud may have been a strong word, lets go with "shenanigans."

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  10. Kevin Hoover

    So, what did you ascertain re: the signatures?

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  11. [...] we, as a town, didn’t manage to generate any ballot choices for City Council other than the three incumbents and any possible write-ins (Valerie Rose-Campbell [...]

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  12. […] weren’t in 2012 though. That year, the three would-be challengers failed to obtain the required 20 valid signatures on their nominating […]

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