The two men who filed at the deadline to run against Mayor Ken McClure and Councilman Richard Ollis were not certified by the city clerk and will not appear on the April ballot.
Both Eric Wood and Larry Flenoid confirmed the lack of certification on their Facebook pages.
A posting on the “Eric Wood for Mayor” facebook page says that 62 of the signatures submitted by Wood for his candidacy were “not good” and that Wood plans to run for mayor in 2021.
Flenoid posted a thank you to his supporters on his Facebook page and said that despite not being certified and on the ballot for the election, “we still won.”
“Tonite, I’ll cry, I’ll be hurt, I’ll be disappointed, I’ll be sad, but tomorrow brings a new day, a new energy, a new drive, and a vengeance unknown to mankind,” Flenoid wrote.
In the Springfield city charter, it states that a voter cannot sign a petition for more than one candidate for a city office. The voter’s signature will count for the candidate who first turned in that voter’s signature.
This means that if someone signed a petition for both McClure and Wood, the signature would count for McClure because the McClure petition was submitted to the city clerk first. Thus, it is possible for a candidate to exceed the number of signatures needed from city voters but still not be certified for the ballot in a city election.