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2010 Candidate Challenges and Withdrawals
Posted Date: 3/30/2010
Contact: Pam duPré
(775) 684-5748

Secretary of State Receives One Candidate Challenge Prior to Deadline;
Four Others Voluntarily Withdraw Candidacies

(Carson City, NV, March 30, 2010) – Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office received just one challenge to a candidacy prior to the March 29 deadline. Mark E. Hunt of Lyon County filed documents on March 23 challenging State Board of Education District 10 candidate Gordon Cornell’s qualifications to run for the office. Hunt claims Cornell doesn’t live in District 10. Hunt also withdrew his own candidacy for the seat. Challenges filed with the Secretary of State’s office are turned over to the Attorney General’s office for resolution.

Under state law, challengers may also use the courts to question a candidate’s qualifications to run for office. The Secretary of State is a co-defendant in a petition filed by Independent American Party candidate Tim Fasano who is seeking to disqualify Scott Ashjian from running for the U.S. Senate as a Tea Party of Nevada candidate. A hearing is scheduled in the First Judicial Court in Carson City on April 14.

Four candidates who filed with the Secretary of State’s office formally withdrew their candidacy prior to the March 23 deadline. Two candidates withdrew from the race for U.S. Senate. Republican Sherry Brooks of Reno withdrew March 17 and Democrat Roy A. Woofter of Las Vegas withdrew March 22. Twelve Republicans and four Democrats remain in the primary race. One Independent American Party candidate and four Non-Partisan candidates will appear on the general election ballot. The courts will determine whether the Tea Party of Nevada candidate is on the general election ballot.

In other races, Democrat Robert Potter of Carson City withdrew from the state legislative race in the Capital Senatorial District and Mark E. Hunt of Dayton withdrew from the race for the non-partisan State Board of Education District 10 seat.

Only candidates for statewide offices and in other districts that cross county lines file and withdraw their candidacies with the Secretary of State’s Office. All other candidates go to their local county or municipal elections officials.

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