Sunday, March 25, 2007

Letter of Law Must B Followed

More Primary Party election candidates off ballot due to filing problems, which include not using a complete surname

Election Law: petition names must be exact match

one man opines that these judicial seats are just a local election.

No sir, IT'S THE LAW! If candidates seeking a judicial seat can't follow the letter of the law, or any other public office, they shouldn't be running. Go do something else if you don't know the current law regarding the office you are seeking as a representive of all the people who themselves are subject to the law - the exact law.

Remember, for all the rest of us, ignorance of the law isn't an excuse. We're told, oops you didn't know about that, too bad, you still have to pay the fine, or serve some time in jail...

These nomination petitions are the very first chance a candidate has to show how detail-oriented and serious the candidate actually is. And even the man who left III out of his surname shows he isn't qualified to be a representative of not one other person in a position of public trust.

(Net the Truth Online)

Half of candidates for judicial seat gone from race
By Justin Vellucci
Friday, March 23, 2007

Half of the 12 candidates running to succeed Ernest Marraccini -- a former Elizabeth Township district judge who obstructed an FBI investigation -- have dropped out of the race or were thrown off the ballot because of filing problems.
Candidates George Hobaugh, Brian A. Merten, Darla J. Poorman and Robert W. Similo withdrew petitions, officials said. A judge removed Dennis M. Pohodich and Bonnie Martin Neander from ballots because challengers found errors in their petitions.

Six names will appear on Democratic ballots in May: Mary H. Levdansky, Patrick McDaniel, Dale T. Provins Sr., Beth Scagline-Mills, Michael Alan Shuey and Jace M. Younge. Each candidate, except Shuey, also will run as a Republican.

Other office-seekers were removed from ballots Thursday. Lawrence Bolind, a Findlay district judge hopeful, can't run because he lacked 100 legitimate petition signatures. A judge ruled William "Buz" Brown can't seek a South Fayette commissioner seat because, when he signed his petition to meet a 10-name requirement, he didn't note he and his son share a name and address.

"Why is anyone so afraid to just let the voters decide?" asked Brown, 54. "It's just a local election, for God's sake."

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