Candidate filing lawsuit after Peoria ballot blunder

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A ballot blunder is causing more issues in Peoria.

City Council candidate Dr. Ken Krieger's name has been left off the ballot twice, first by the county recorder and then by the printing company. He's running for the Mesquite District.

Krieger is now filing suit in federal court to stop the election and have an investigation. His opponents say this confusion is impacting the entire race.

"It's unfair to all three of the candidates. I think the amount of attention this is getting has a negative effect," said incumbent Ben Toma.

The candidates for the council's Mesquite District -- Krieger, Toma and Bridget Binsbacher -- were at a meet-and-greet at Vistancia Thursday night.

"Ultimately, what are the voters comfortable with? They need to be confident that their vote is going to count, and I'm encouraging all the voters to exercise their right to vote," Binsbacher said.

It's a campaign for a city council seat that is now heavily talked about.

"What's happening now is a travesty and it's, again, not about me," Krieger said. "How could this happen twice? I have have people from Colorado who found out about this and they say, 'What is happening in Arizona?' "

The Peoria City Council voted 3-2 to send out new ballots for the Mesquite District only.