Speak Up Against Systemic Inequity on August 31st 9a-12p at Pima County Superior Court, Room 680
Aug 24, 2018 —
August 23, 2018 Update
The "Vote Felicia Chew for Amphitheater Public School Board" campaign and the voices of 451 individuals are being silenced through systemic inequity.
Two days ago, we received a phone call that one of our opponents* was challenging our place on the ballot. Yesterday, we received a Court summons to attend a "preliminary hearing" this afternoon in regards to two allegations.
We attended our "preliminary hearing" this afternoon, and received paperwork describing the allegations, and a Court date for an evidentiary hearing (August 31st from 9a-12p in Pima County Superior Court, Room 680).
The Plaintiff in our case has two allegations:
- Allegation #1: Many of the signatures for Defendant Felicia Chew of Vote Felicia Chew for Amphi School Board are invalid, based on Arizona Revised Statutes, and current policies, including: (a) Many signatures are from voters not registered in the Amphi School District; (b) Some voters' names are illegible (and unrecognizable as registered voters); and (c) Some voters have signed more than the allowed number of nomination petitions.
- Allegation #2: Defendant Felicia Chew of Vote Felicia Chew for Amphitheater Public School Board petitions are invalid because the space before the word "Election" was completed with the phrase "Pima County", rather than "General".
We asked our Judge to dismiss the case since we followed the process outlined in the Superintendent's guidelines, and in collecting signatures, resulting in receiving confirmation of being placed on the ballot. We explained that in response to the allegations, voters move, and may not have updated voter registrations. Voters, including County Party Chairs, do not know the law regarding the number of petitions that they are allowed to sign per seat.
Our request for dismissal was denied -- the legal process states that it is necessary to have the request written, so the Judge may refer to the legality of the reasons for dismissal. A hearing has been scheduled for August 31 from 9am-12pm.
We understand this decision by our Judge, and are now working on a written response, which must be filed by August 29, 2018.
We believe that the People should have the right to nominate candidates within the community, since (1) families in Tucson may move without understanding that they need to update their Voter Registration, and (2) students in one school district may cross District boundaries (e.g. Open Enrollment), so neighboring communities should be allowed to have some voice regarding candidates for the neighboring Boards.
Since Day One, our campaign has been focused on ensuring that policies and budget help our Children and our Community have equal opportunities to be successful, and providing our community with the opportunity to make things better. That time has come sooner than we expected -- We are currently faced with addressing policies and budget that do not provide equal opportunity for all, and we are offering you,members of our community, an opportunity to make things better.
If you believe that the People should have the right to nominate candidates within the community, and would like to help with case law that serves the People, you can testify, in-person or in writing. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org before August 29, 2018 with your story and testimony.
*For a radio discussion with Chris DeSimone of WakeUp! Tucson, listen to the August 23, 2018 Wake Up! Tucson podcasts at WUT 8-23 6am Felicia Chew For Amphi School Board-Dems Lawsuit and the 7am Pima Co Dem Party vs Dem Felicia Chew. (Discussion at 6am starts at 30:00).
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