The Nevada Secretary of State said his office received one challenge to a candidacy prior to the March 29 deadline. Mark E. Hunt of Lyon County filed documents on March 23 challenging State Board of Education District 10 candidate Gordon Cornell’s qualifications, claiming Cornell doesn’t live in District 10. (Hunt also withdrew his own candidacy for the seat.) The challenge will be turned over to the Attorney General’s office for resolution.
The Secretary of State also confirmed his office is a co-defendant in a petition filed by Independent American Party candidate Tim Fasano who is seeking to disqualify Scott Ashjian from running for the U.S. Senate as a “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate. A hearing is scheduled in the First Judicial Court in Carson City on April 14.
Four candidates who had filed with the Secretary of State’s office formally withdrew their candidacy prior to the March 23 deadline. Republican Sherry Brooks of Reno and Democrat Roy A. Woofter of Las Vegas both withdrew from the race for U.S. Senate. Twelve Republicans and four Democrats now remain in that primary race. One Independent American Party candidate and four Non-Partisan candidates will appear on the general election ballot. And, of course, the courts will determine whether Tea Party of Nevada candidate Ashjian is on the general election ballot.
In other races, Democrat Robert Potter of Carson City withdrew from the state legislative race in the Capital Senatorial District and Mark E. Hunt of Dayton withdrew from the race for the non-partisan State Board of Education District 10 seat.