500 signatures- vs. 50

Suppose you want to run for office (not highly recommended)- the first step is to get signatures on a petition to have your name placed on the ballot.

Petitions must be notarized, and turned in to the Board of Elections by a certain date- usually long before the election or the primary, to be verified that all the signatures are valid- and by registered voters.

If you want to be County Commissioner- you need 50 signatures. If you want to be a Dayton City Commissioner- you need 500. What’s wrong with this picture? The collecting of signatures becomes a burden- unless you have a political party backing you.

I’ve filed petitions 6x. I collected the first two- without having lists of registered voters to check before going to each door- and got on the ballot with barely over 500 signatures. The next election, I did the same thing- and got rejected. The difference- was in who was running the board of elections.

So the next time, I took a list- and came up 3 short. Since I circulated each petition myself- and checked names myself- I didn’t think I was really 3 short- but the appeal process was too much work and time.  So, I let it go.

The next two times, I didn’t fail- I was on the ballot, but didn’t win. Of course, it was only in the last election that I actually accepted donations. The votes came in at a dollar a vote- Dean Lovelace raised $12,000, Bootsie Neal raised $10,000 and I raised $6,000 and that was the same as the vote totals.

But, back to the signature gathering. One of the rules is- you can’t circulate the petitions on government property- yet you could follow the path through City Hall on then Mayor, Clay Dixon’s petition. Was there a problem? Yes- was it dealt with? Of course not.

Mark Newberry and Loaena Kelly didn’t make it on the ballot again. And the Republicans didn’t run anyone. So, we have a democracy- with an election- but no choices. It’s Dean Lovelace and Matt Joseph- again.

Quite frankly- Matt Joseph hasn’t done anything except draw a paycheck for 3 years. Lovelace has noble intentions- but fights the battles at the wrong level. Both his living wage and predatory lending legislation belong at the State level- not at the City level.

My biggest problem with whole petition process in Dayton is that these are supposed to be non-partisan elections, with no mention of party affiliation on the ballot- yet the City subcontracts the elections to the Board of Elections- which is a very partisan organization made up of Dems and Republicans. A clear violation of the intention of the City Charter.

It’s time to either take the process back in-house, at great expense, or relax the petition requirements to match what is required for every other office. Considering the money it now costs to run for office- it’s enough of a hurdle to cross. What are our Commissioners afraid of? Challengers?

Change the requirements now.

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4 Responses

  1. Mark Anthony Newberry March 22, 2007 / 8:48 pm
    Steve Harsman stated that he will make sure that I will not be in the November election as a Write-In Candidate. I called the Ohio Secretary Of State and a member of the Board of Elections at the State House contactd me back. There should NOT be any reason preventing me from running in November.

    When you stand up against that Gettysburg Landfil-You stand up against the Dennis Lieberman Puppets such as the Strings attached at The Montgomery County Board of Elections and Dayton City Commissioners.

    THINK-Why did my petitions come up short again? Why did Steve stated he did not count two of my pages? BECAUSE they are all together on this BLOCKADE of Mark Anthony Newberry==It’s MORE INFo to tell–AND I WILL……

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  2. SOMEONE June 18, 2008 / 10:51 pm
    Good thing they didn’t count his votes because he is delusional the pages were never there.

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  3. Someone June 18, 2008 / 10:54 pm
    Mark Anthony Newberry is a JOKE.

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