SOUTH END- - State Senate candidate Samiyah Diaz has filed
a formal objection at the State Ballot Commission to block Senator
Wilkerson’s attempt to be listed in the September Democratic Primary
ballot. Wilkerson initially was 37 signatures short of the 300
certified signatures required to be listed on the ballot.
Wilkerson then sought a formal review at the City Election Department
which resulted in additional signatures being certified, leaving her
only 9 signatures short from being listed on the ballot.
Wilkerson has the option to seek Superior Court order to have the
remaining 9 signatures certified by judicial review.
The Diaz campaign today released city election documents that show that
most of Wilkerson’s newly-certified signatures were of voters who first
registered after the May 2 deadline for nomination papers to be
submitted. If Wilkerson does not pursue a Superior Court case to
have the remaining 9 signatures certified, the Ballot Law Commission
objection will be dismissed. If Wilkerson does proceed with a
Superior Court challenge, Diaz’s objection will be heard as part of the
News of Diaz’s ballot challenge comes as Democratic
staffer, Sonia Diaz, has filed papers with the Office of Campaign and
Political Finance to prepare her own write-in campaign for the
Democratic nomination. (Copies of the voter records are attached to
this press release as pdf copies).