Republicans fighting to get Tucson mayoral candidatePosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Choices for the next Tucson mayor just got even more limited. That's after a ruling blocked the sole remaining Republican from appearing on the ballot, even as a write-in candidate.
Mayoral hopeful Shaun McClusky Monday released a statement admitting some signatures on the petitions he submitted were invalid. But some believed his push for city hall would not stop there.
Jeff Rogers is the chairman of the Pima County democrats. He helped hire a lawyer to stop McClusky from appearing on the ballot as a write in candidate.
"In Arizona we have a law that says if you tried to get on the ballot with petitions and you filed an inadequate number of them, you cannot run as a write-in candidate," said Chairman of the Democratic Party Jeff Rogers.
Tuesday the issue went before a superior court judge.
"Shaun would have been off the ballot by city rules," said Pima County Republican Community Director Sam Stone.
Word of Tuesday's ruling reached members of the Pima County Republicans during our interview.
The news, spokesman Sam Stone says, was not surprising.
"It looks like we just got word in that the court did pass an injunction against Shaun McClusky so he won't be in the race," said Stone.
Tuesday's ruling leaves one democrat on the ballot, along with two Green Party candidates.
Since filing deadline has passed, Republicans are looking to promote a promising write-in candidate.
Potential write-in candidates have until July 21 to file thier petitions.
If no Republican makes it to the general election, the local party won't have enough candidates to run campaign promotions for the whole slate which will include Tyler Vogt in Ward 4 and and Jennifer Rawson in Ward 2.
And a federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday on Arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship to vote.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne went before the 11 member panel to defend Arizona's voter registration law.
A three judge panel ruled earlier that Arizona's law conflicts with a federal law.
Arizona's requirement to provide proof of citizenship was approved by voters in 2004.