On June 18, 2014 the court was to decide on the complaints filed by Candidate Gary Deardorff regarding enough valid petition signatures for his three opponents, Robert Petrone, Lauren Tomalchoff and Van DiCarlo to stay on the ballot. In speaking with Deardorff today he stated that he had withdrawn his complaints against all three.

Not so with Robert Petrone’s filing against Deardorff. That was decided. Deardorff can breathe a sigh of relief. His place on the ballot as a Cholla district candidate squeaked by with a margin of 2 good signatures.

It’s strange that Petrone challenged only Deardorff’s signatures. Could it be that Petrone has every reason to be nervous about Deardorff’s candidacy? It appears that Petrone considers Deardorff to be a real threat and he should be nervous. I bet Petrone is spitting nails in frustration right now because he couldn’t knock off Deardorff with a technicality.

I have not heard anything about Alvarez’ campaign manager Chuck Foy’s court filing questioning the residency of Jaime Aldama and Ron Kolb…yet.  Politics is a rough sport, not for the faint hearted. Stay tuned.

© Joyce Clark, 2014


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