Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Indianapolis Star reported yesterday that two candidates have been jettisoned from the Primary Election ballot and another is under scrutiny.
City-County Council District 3 candidate Johnny Magers was removed from the ballot because of an incomplete candidacy form, according to the Star. Another candidate in that race, Rick Rising-Moore, faces questions today about his residency at a 3:30 p.m. hearing at the City-County Building.
The other candidate removed from the ballot was Bob Kern, a perennial candidate for Congress. Kern was last seen running to be the State Party-appointed Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010 against Brad Ellsworth. Kern also was a candidate for Congress previously in the 7th District and other districts before that. Kern was thrown off by the Election Board due to, what the Star reports as, “multiple felony forgery convictions, most recently in 2007.”
The Star reports that Kern is going to “petition a judge to overturn the Election Board’s decision.”
It appears that probably will be a waste of time. If Kern has "multiple felony convictions," then his candidacy is in violation of Indiana Code 3-8-1-5. Sorry Bob.
By the way, IC 3-8-1-5 does not apply to candidates for federal office. Go figure. I believe the U.S. Constitution is the ultimate authority on that one.