Mathiesen and Burger Petitions Challenged

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.

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