Commissioner Chris Mathiesen and Sara Burger have challenged each other’s petitions. Ms. Burger is vying for the Democratic nomination for public safety commissioner.
The issue is complicated by a strange bit of election law.
The petitions that were circulated by the members of the Democratic committee had all five endorsed candidates on them. A person signing these petitions could not select a particular candidate from them. They were signing for all of them. If Ms. Burger successfully challenged a petition you would think that it would invalidate the petition for all of the Democratic candidates on it. Not so, should Ms. Burger prove that any particular petition was invalid; it would only affect Mathiesen and not the rest of the slate.
Both Mathiesen and Burger have until next week to specify their objections.
I will follow up next week with this story.