The following press release greeted me when I checked my inbox this morning. I'd heard rumblings about the challenge, but it looks like the tactic worked. Is Kathy Henderson is now out the Ward 5 race? I suspect we'll see some sort of write-in effort. The press release below comes from her campaign:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: V. Hines
July 30, 2010 Phone: (202) 359-0344
Voters Denied Opportunity to Choose Best Democrat
(Washington, DC) - One of four Democratic contenders for the Ward 5 City Council seat launched an aggressive challenge to Kathy Henderson's nominating petition for the same office. Cynthia M. Gill through her attorney Jennifer Wicks was successful in challenging Henderson and the Ward 5 residents that nominated her. As a result, the Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) moved to deny ballot access to Kathy Henderson, ending her participation in the upcoming September 14, 2010, Democratic primary. Though Henderson was successful in providing valid address changes to BOEE as requested, the changes were not sufficient to overcome a recent voter purge; many Ward 5 registered voters were deleted because they did not respond to BOEE correspondence sent to the last address of record. Other challenges to Kathy Henderson's petition were sustained because the voters in question did not designate a party affiliation. Properly registered voters may not participate in a primary election if they have not declared a political party on their registration.
I am very concerned that many Ward 5 residents were divested of the opportunity to choose me as their candidate for the Ward 5 Council seat, said Henderson. Petition challenges are a typical political tactic used to defeat an opponent before an election. Henderson says she will confer with her supporters to determine the next steps.
Here are the results of the Ward 5 challenges:
As you can see, the chart indicates that Henderson withdrew, rather than the standard wording when BOEE officially denies ballot access. I'm guessing that she was told what would happen, and then chose to withdraw.
Less activity in Ward 6, but BOEE did knock Randy Brown off the ballot.