Republican drops out of Tucson mayoral race due to signature challenge, leaving only Democrat and two Greens

The Republican candidate for mayor of Tucson, Arizona has dropped out of the race due to a signature challenge on his nominating petitions.  This is of interest to third partisans for two reasons.  First, it is rare that a major party is pushed off the ballot due to signature challenges (meaning that he didn’t collect enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions in order to meet the legal requirement).  It’s more common to see major party primary challengers and minor party or independent candidates pushed off the ballot in this way.

Second, this means that in the general election there will only be a Democrat and a Green.  That Green will either be Mary DeCamp, a City Council candidate in the past, or Dave Croteau, a past mayoral candidate.  There will be a primary to determine who will be on the ballot for the general election.  Another candidate who was running for the Green nomination dropped out of the race in order to support and work on sustainability issues with the now-former Republican candidate.

EDIT: Apparently, according to Jeremy Young and Richard Winger in the comments, as well as the blog Jeremy Young recommended, the Republicans can still nominate a candidate by write-in through their primary.  Also, in addition to the candidates mentioned, an independent was also thrown off the ballot.

8 thoughts on “Republican drops out of Tucson mayoral race due to signature challenge, leaving only Democrat and two Greens

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    Thanks for this story. It is fascinating.

    After the election, I hope someone will take an interest in writing up the whole story in detail.

    I wonder if the green who went with the Republican feels regret? It was an odd decision. And, when the Republican got bumped, it must have been a shocker.

  2. Upstartgreen

    The green who went with the republican is no longer a green. H/She is a traitor.

  3. Jeremy C. Young

    He was just the last of several candidates to get bumped. BOTH Republican candidates got bumped, as well as a Democrat-turned-Independent, plus another Democrat who didn’t meet the residency requirements. The non-residency Democrat, who’s a bit of a crackpot, also sued to bump the remaining Democrat off the ballot on the grounds that he was a lawyer and therefore ineligible to be elected to office. Not surprisingly, the courts rejected that one out of hand.

    The two Republicans got bounced because they had truly pathetic signature-gathering operations. Additionally, one of the two was extremely disliked by voters within the city. The Dem-turned-Indy simply got started too late and wasn’t able to get enough valid signatures.

  4. Richard Winger

    Couldn’t the Republicans nominate someone by write-in at the Republican primary? I didn’t blog this story because it seems to me that is still a very real possibility.

  5. Jeremy C. Young

    Yes, but it’s far from a sure thing that they can find someone to run. Shaun McClusky, the guy who just got tossed from the ballot, was a second-string candidate at best who only ran because no one else would. Despite some last-minute maneuvers on his part, it’s likely that he can’t run as a write-in because AZ state law precludes candidates who file petitions and get tossed from the ballot from filing later as write-ins. So they would have to find someone else, and that may not happen, especially since the Democrat is a very strong candidate.

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