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Friday, June 20, 2008

The Latest from the 46th

posted by on June 20 at 14:38 PM

UPDATE: The plot thickens. A group of Pollet supporters has filed a formal challenge to White’s candidacy in King County Superior Court, alleging that “County Elections Division Director Sherril Huff improperly allowed Scott White, a senior County political appointee with ties to the County Executive, to have his candidacy reinstated after White filed a signed form withdrawing his candidacy on Thursday, June 12th.”

One of the complainants, Karen Deyerle, says the group’s goal is “not to get Scott off the ballot or to get the elections office in trouble,” but “to have the court review and validate that everything was done properly according to the law.” She continues: “The question in all of our minds is exactly what happened, because we’ve been getting conflicting information.”

Deyerle says she also plans to file an ethics complaint against White with the county on Monday.

Full story, including background info, continues below.

Gerry Pollet, one of two Democrats seeking a seat in the state Legislature from the 46th district (see my exhaustive coverage here, here, and here) has received a letter from King County Elections that one supporter calls “the final word” on whether Pollet’s opponent, Scott White, will be allowed to remain in the race. (White attempted to withdraw from the race, but elections says they didn’t receive his withdrawal form—sent from a King County fax machine in violation of county ethics rules—until well past the deadline. Complicating matters, the form was time-stamped several hours before the deadline, a fact White attributes to a faulty fax machine and which Pollet has contested.)

And the final word is? White can stay in the race. According to the letter, written by elections director Sherril Huff,

Scott White’s attempted request to withdraw his candidacy was not filed with King County Elections by the deadline. According to King County Elections fax activity report, the withdrawal document was received by King County at 4:35 p.m. on June 12th. (The report states that the document was received at 15:35 and the fax machine is one hour behind.) Though Mr. White may have intended to file the withdrawal prior to the deadline, it was not received by King County Elections on time and as a result, RCW 29A.24.131 mandates that the request be rejected.

Contrary to the assertion in your letter, my decision to reject Mr. White’s request to withdraw is not based on any verbal request from him. It is based on my reading of RCW 29A.24.131 and the fact that Mr. White’s request to withdraw was not filed with my office before the deadline. Mr. White is being treated as any other candidate in the same situation would.

I’ve got a call in to Pollet to find out whether he plans to pursue his efforts to remove White from the race.

In other White-Pollet news, the two candidates received a dual endorsement from the 46th District Democrats last night (a separate vote from the official “nomination,” which went to Pollet after a confusing battle that’s documented here). That vote, too, was reportedly complicated.

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you are 100% the female version of Feit

Posted by I've got a call in, too | June 20, 2008 2:44 PM

How bad does Pollet have to be to split the endorsement from the 46th?

To a guy who quit?

Isn't Pollet somehow very closely related to the 46th?

What's with all the vitriol?

Posted by six shooter | June 20, 2008 2:50 PM

I'm looking forward to the contested endorsements from the 43rd for ... um ... King County Exec?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 20, 2008 3:08 PM

What a clusterfuck. The judge should declare the entire district organization and demand they reconstitute, with a proviso that no one associated with the organization today be allowed to participate.

Because I'm sure everyone really wants to hear who these fuckheads think should run the government.

Posted by Fnarf | June 20, 2008 3:48 PM

@4 - why bother, reorg is this January.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 20, 2008 3:49 PM

Pollet is the vice-chair of the 46th.

Posted by Not my dumb district. | June 20, 2008 5:15 PM

I was at the 46th endorsement meeting and I voted for Scott White. Scott gave a very humble and human speech. Gerry Pollet's wife Janet gave a ranting speech about a conspiracy. Gerry and Janet and their exclusive little club are a nasty group. Gerry's entire campaign team is still on the executive board and basically run the district. It is so disappointing to see Gerry put his personal ambitions above Party unity and important issues. Gerry is ripping apart our district organization that so many people worked to build (especially Scott).

Posted by Drama Queen | June 20, 2008 5:35 PM

Pollett may or may not be a jerk, but he's got a legitimate argument that Scott White has no business being involved anymore. This withdrawal business makes TWO episodes of White being unable to follow the simplest procedures imaginable.

Posted by Fnarf | June 20, 2008 6:48 PM

Not only that, Fnarf, but from reading the Seattle Times' account of the withdrawal episode timeline today, the position taken by the county elections office seems rather suspect. Not to mention this business of faxing the form from Kurt Triplett's county office, then going back later to pay for the fax and get a receipt once he knew it was going to become an issue...there seems to be inside baseball going on here on both sides, but inside baseball is more serious when it involves elected officials, their staff, and public resources, as opposed to within a Democratic district organization, which is a private association.

Posted by Trey | June 20, 2008 11:48 PM

Trey, are you seriously taking White to task when I just read in post #7 that Pollett is the VICE-CHAIR of the 46th? Did he not resign that position when he decided to run for election? What sort of "inside baseball" is that?

Pollett's entire campaign team is on the executive board? That's like stocking the board of a corporation with cronies of the CEO and then voting on a pay raise. I really can't take any of these allegations against White seriously until they man up and step down.

Conflict of interest, anyone? Bueller?

Posted by this stinks | June 21, 2008 3:48 PM

this stinks @ 10

You make an excellent point. Scott did the honorable thing and resigned from the executive board when he announced his campaign. Gerry Pollet, his wife Janet and their organizer/activist Betty Means are all still on the Board. Betty is the membership person who controls all the ballots!

Posted by Right On | June 21, 2008 4:34 PM

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