Thursday, June 01, 2006

Zandstra still fighting

Jerry Zandstra, one of the Republican candidates for U. S. Senate, may not make the ballot due to questions about the signatures that he turned in. He not giving up yet, though. From the Free Press:

"Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jerry Zandstra said Thursday he does not believe questions about his nominating petitions will keep him off the August primary ballot and said he plans to fight efforts to disqualify him.

Zandstra, one of three Republicans seeking the nomination to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, said Secretary of State elections officials and an East Lansing lawyer who questioned whether he had filed the required 15,000 petition signatures are wrong.

In a draft of his response to state elections officials, Zandstra, a western Michigan minister and think tank analyst, cites dozens of signatures challenged for various reasons that he says should be counted.

Zandstra claimed to have submitted 15,710 signatures initially, but elections officials said they counted only 15,317 and that more than 350 of those were invalid. Zandstra is scheduled to appear before the Board of State Canvassers next week to make his case."

Zandstra issued this statement about the controversy.

I hope that all three candidates are on the ballot, so that Michigan Republicans will have the opportunity to choose who they think is best to take on Debbie Stabenow.

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