19th Circuit Court Judge Paul Kanarek this morning approved a request for Injunctive Relief filed by former City Council Candidate Linda Hillman. In summary, Judge Kanarek agreed that Linda Hillman was a legitimate candidate and should not have been removed from the ballot.
Hillman had filed paperwork on July 9 of this year, paid the necessary fee, and was sworn in as a candidate. The last date to file was Friday, September 7, and the Canvassing Board determined the order in which candidate names would appear on the ballot. Hillman’s name was second. Then the following Tuesday, she was disqualified for not signing one form in the candidate package. She filed suit against the Canvassing Board, which was received on September 18. The Canvassing Board then called a special public meeting for September 20. At that meeting, the Board voted 3-0 to reinstate Hillman and fellow disqualified candidate, Brian Heady. However, it was too late to produce new ballots because some had already been sent out, so it was up to City Council to schedule a new election. Instead, City Council voted 4-1 not to proceed. Hillman then filed a request for an injunction. Judge Kanarek decided this morning, after hearing from parties for and against the injunction two weeks ago, that Hillman should be granted the injunction.
Reached for comment, Hillman said, “I am very pleased that justice was served. This is the first time I have ever run for public office and I was both thrilled and motivated to have the opportunity. I feel strongly about the issues facing our great city now and hope to make a real difference in this election and in Vero’s future.”