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Doh! Hanson’s papers challenged

Two challenges were filed today against Lyle Hanson’s candidacy for Linn County auditor, because he has a date wrong in his nomination paperwork.

David A. O’Brien of 4726 Leprechaun Lane NE and Curtis Steuber of 6001 E Ave. NW objected to the fact that the date of the Democratic primary is incorrect on Hanson’s nomination papers, which he filed with the auditor’s office on Tuesday.

Hanson lists the date as June 6. The actual date is June 3.

Sound like a small thing? Nope.

“Comes now David A. O’Brien, a duly registered voter in Linn County, Iowa, with the right to vote in the Democratic Primary for the Office of Linn County Auditor, and objects to the Affidavit of Candidacy filed by Lyle K. Hanson, as follows…”

That’s from O’Brien’s objection, obviously, and you get the idea.

Hanson is the fourth — and Sheriff candidate Bill Elam is the fifth — candidate to have problems with his nomination papers. Steuber also objected to Elam’s papers, because he doesn’t include the date of the primary.

Earlier in the week, Supervisors Lu Barron and Linda Langston had to hustle to redo their paperwork after someone pointed out problems with it. Then District 3 candidate Mary Arenas didn’t file her paperwork in time. She’ll run as a write-in candidate.

Current Auditor Joel Miller, who is Hanson’s opponent, says Linda Langston will be the one who oversees creation of a three-member panel that will discuss whether Hanson and Elam can run in the primaries. I’m trying to reach Langston on the phone right now…

Filed under: County Government

2 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    I surprised that Lyle had a mistake. He’s always been accurate with all of the paperwork he has done.

  2. Lee says:

    Picky, picky, picky! What a dumb reason for disqualifying ANY candidate…

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