Linda Hillman and Brian Heady were disqualified from the November 6 City Council election because their applications for candidacy were incomplete. They failed to sign one form on their applications for candidacy. Using that same standard, at least two more candidates should also be disqualified.
Robert McCabe, on his Campaign Treasurer form, leaving the printed name line blank. An unrecognizable, scribbled signature is the reason the line for a printed name is on the application. Did his treasurer sign it? Why not print her name as is required? Therefore, his application is incomplete. There is also no “date received” stamp on his application. So why wasn’t he disqualified? By the way, on the form that disqualified Brian Heady, he printed his name but did not sign it.
Laura Moss submitted her application on May 25, 2018 according to the City Clerk’s date received stamp. Yet she signed the Campaign Treasurer form on September 7, 2018, which coincidentally, is the last day to qualify as a candidate. Why didn’t she sign it on May 25 when she signed her other candidate documents? Did someone remind her that it wasn’t signed and she had to do that by 5:00 p.m. on September 7 or be disqualified? Did that same someone know that Hillman and Heady had not signed one of their documents on September 7?
There may be a totally innocent explanation for that, but there is no explanation for the disclaimer at the top of the form: “NOTE: This form must be on file with the qualifying officer before opening the campaign account.” Moss submitted her first campaign treasurer report on June 11, but she should not have had a campaign account to report on because her original Campaign Treasurer form was unsigned at the time. So why isn’t she disqualified?
Tony Young failed to print his Voter Registration Number on the application. Is that cause for disqualification?
If the standard for disqualification is a blank line on the application, it would appear that the only qualified candidate is Robert Brackett. Congratulations, Robbie! You may be running unopposed — unless a special election is held that allows all candidates the opportunity to complete their paperwork.