Just got an email from Shaun McClusky, remaining Republican candidate for Mayor:
McClusky Withdraws From Mayor’s Race
Based on information from a pre-trial hearing today, and at the advice of my attorneys, I am withdrawing from the race to become Tucson’s next mayor. A number of the signatures which I gathered were not properly witnessed by the gatherers, and based on that information I will not have the required number of petitions to qualify for the ballot. Therefore, as of today, I am withdrawing my petitions and candidacy for the Mayor’s race.
Unfortunately, Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers and the local political machine he heads have chosen, and show every indication of continuing to choose, legal means to bully, intimidate and financially damage any and all candidates in these elections with the exception of their own hand-picked representatives, and to this point it’s clear that their tactics have succeeded admirably.
Regardless, the fact that I was not able to turn in a sufficient number of petitions is my fault. And I want to sincerely apologize to all my supporters for this mistake, I know many of you have worked hard to help my campaign, and I know this hurts you as much as it does me.
Tucson needs new leadership, and I hope that all of you will re-dedicated yourselves–as I am–to getting both Tyler Vogt and Jennifer Rawson elected to the City Council. Both Tyler and Jennifer are quality candidates who deserve your support.
McClusky was facing a court challenge in Superior Court tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. regarding the validity of the 1183 signatures he submitted on June 1, 2011. The Plaintiffs in that lawsuit are Brittni Storrs and Tom Prezelski, represented by attorney Bill Risner.
This leaves only Democrat Jonathan Rothschild, and 2 Green Party candidates Dave Croteau and Mary DeCamp in the race for Mayor. Democrat Marshall Home withdrew from this race last Thursday due to residency problems, Republican Ron Asta did not have enough valid signatures in a lawsuit on Friday, and today the same thing (lack of enough valid signatures on the nominating petitions) was found against Independent Pat Darcy in another Superior Court action (click here).
NOTE: Republican Mayoral candidates could have gotten a minimum of 1060 signatures or a maximum of 2119 signatures to qualify for this race. Democratic candidates had to get between 1642 and 3283 signatures. Greens only needed between 17 and 32 signatures from their party members.