Peoria City Council candidate left off ballot

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Just call him a campaign casualty.

Peoria City Council candidate Ken Krieger's name was left off the ballot, but before the finger pointing even had a chance to get started, the county stepped up to take the blame and make things right.

"The egregious error has caused a definite amount of stress not only for myself but my followers, my supporters and everyone who has worked hard in the district," Krieger said.

On Friday the Maricopa County Elections Department mailed out more than 8,500 ballots in his district, but Krieger's name was nowhere to be found.

"I regret that very much," Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne said. "It was my personal error."

Osborne said she simply forgot to put his name back on the ballot after Krieger defeated a legal challenge to his candidacy.

Krieger was one of 41 candidates who face such challenges, but his was the only name left off the ballot, according to Osborne.

She said the county has already fixed the situation.

"We immediately swung into action," Osborn said. "We found out about this Friday evening and we worked through the night and Saturday and Sunday, and yesterday we re-mailed a replacement ballot to all of the early voters in that district."