Two Candidates Disqualified in Meridian

The Municipal Election Commission of Meridian has disqualified two independent city council candidates.

Walter Patton was running in Ward 5. Tavio Rand was a candidate in Ward 2.

According to a news release from the city of Meridian, each independent candidate's petition to run must have the signatures of at least 50 qualified electors of the ward in which the candidate is running.

The commission disqualified some signatures on Patton's petition, leaving him with less than the required fifty.

The commission determined that 92 signatories on Rand's petition were not qualified electors of Ward 2. Ten of the remaining fifty-two were rejected as invalid, so Rand did not have the required fifty.

Friday's vote affirmed its earlier decision to disqualify the candidates. however, both were given two weeks to present any information to challenge the commission's ruling.

The disqualifications leave Ward 2 city councilwoman Mary Perry, a Democrat, unopposed, and only Democrat city councilman John Harris and Republican Bonny R. Smith in the Ward 5 race.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Stop whinning, we don't need two idots on the council that can't read and follow simple instructions! Mary Perry is very intelligent retired teacher and John Harris is a humble man and works very hard for his ward.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    I don't know Tavio Rand at all, but I regret this happened to Walter Patton. He is an intelligent person and a quality candidate. I guess it just shows that you have to get lots more than fifty signatures and then check for yourself to see if they are actually registered voters of your ward before submitting the petition. I'd like to know who signed it knowing they were not registered. That's pretty low.
  • by ??? on Apr 17, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    If that's the case, how come no one else stepped up to run?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Dear God, Mary Perry is about the most incompetent person we have on the city council. My goodness, Meridian is in for another 4 years of uneducated decisions and unreasonable arguments. Somewhere, a village is missing it's idiot.
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