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Largo mayoral candidate demands to be on ballot after mistake over missing signature

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Former Mayor Bob Jackson, who was disqualified from the Nov. 3 election, wrote a letter to City Clerk Diane Bruner late Wednesday demanding his name be placed on the ballot.

Bruner decided to disqualify Jackson because he failed to sign his loyalty oath.

Jackson chastised Bruner and another employee for mistakes they made in the handling of his form.

Bruner, who was informed about the missing signature by the Supervisor of Elections Office, admitted she did not notice the problem because she had not reviewed Jackson’s oath form thoroughly enough.

Another city worker notarized Jackson’s oath without a signature.

Jackson accused Bruner of failing to carry out her legal responsibilities because state statutes say qualifying officers, such as Bruner, “shall make a reasonable effort” to notify candidates of missing items.

Jennifer Krell Davis, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections, said it’s ultimately the candidate’s responsibility to make sure forms are complete.

Election law doesn’t speak to errors made by qualifying officers, she said.

Thursday, Jackson said the remedy is simple.

“They could just put me on the ballot, and that would end it,” Jackson said. “Otherwise, I’ll follow through and seek court action, I guess.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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