The campaign of former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer clashes with state officials over whether he can be listed as the city’s “retired” mayor on the ballot for the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom.
Each candidate is listed with a job title or other descriptor, but they are not allowed to use the word “old”. Faulconer’s campaign demanded that he be listed as the “retired” mayor of San Diego, which state officials are now disputing, Faulconer spokesman John Burke said. He left office in 2020 and referring to his previous role would help bolster his name identification.
Burke said the campaign plans to sue the secretary of state’s office.
“It defies common sense that Kevin Faulconer is not allowed to use ‘retired mayor of San Diego’ as a ballot designation, where he was elected and re-elected, only stepping down at the end of the day. ‘last year, “Burke said in a statement. written statement. “This is not fair to voters who should be given specific information on the identity of the candidates for this recall. Our campaign is suing the Secretary of State to ensure this is rectified.”
Faulconer is not the only candidate upset by the list of 41 candidates published Saturday by the state. YouTube creator Kevin Paffrath said he plans to sue to get his YouTube nickname on the ballot.
And, conservative radio talk host Larry Elder was kicked out of the poll because state officials said he submitted incomplete tax returns, a requirement for running. Elder maintains he should be included and says he will go to court to get his name on the ballot.
The list of candidates includes 21 Republicans and eight Democrats, one libertarian, nine independents and two members of the Green Party. The list includes a range of nominees, from anonymous to famous, including an artist known for signing up on Los Angeles billboards in the 1980s and others with catchy names, like Sheriff. Deputy Denver Stoner and Nickolas Wildstar, who identifies himself as a musician / entrepreneur / father.
Olympian-turned-reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is also reportedly in Australia filming a reality show at the time of the list’s release, though she tweeted on Friday that she and her campaign team were “in full operation”.
Voters will receive a ballot with two questions: whether Newsom should be recalled and who should replace him. If more than half of voters say “yes” to the first question, then whoever is on the list of potential replacements gets the most votes is the new governor of the most populous state in the country. With many candidates and no clear favorites, it is possible that someone wins with less than 25% of the vote.
Ballots will begin mailing next month and the official election date is September 14.