Richmond mayoral race down to 8 candidates

14 local office candidates disallowed from being on the ballot due to insufficient signatures.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — Richmond election officials say five of the 13 candidates who planned to run for mayor have failed to meet the requirements to qualify for the ballot. Nine others, running for local offices, also failed to meet the requirements necessary to be considered on the November ballot.

Richmond Registrar J. Kirk Showalter said five candidates failed to gather enough valid signatures to make it on the November ballot. She said those candidates are Amon M. Rayford, Nate Peterson, L. Shirley Harvey, Alan Schintzius and Chad Ingold.

In City Council elections, Coleman D. Pride, Joe C. Cook and Michael R. Dickinson all failed to gather enough valid signatures to qualify to run in their respective districts.

In School Board elections, Jennifer A. Aghomo, Shawn L. Minter, Jason B. Thompson, Ricky L. Johnson, Tichi L. Pinkney Eppes and Lathaniel V. Kirts also failed to meet the signature requirements to run for their selected offices.

Candidates for mayor have to turn in at least 500 signatures from qualified, registered voters. Per state voting rules, to be on the ballot for mayor, each candidate must also have at least 50 signatures from each of the nine voter districts in Richmond.

In order to have qualified as a candidate for City Council or School Board, candidates would have had to have collected at least 125 signatures from registered voters of the district in which they were running.

The candidates can appeal the registrar’s decision. In order to do this, candidates must present written evidence that rejected signatures were actually valid. Voters must have been registered voters at the time the petition to be on the ballot was filed.

Eight candidates for mayor did turn in a sufficient number of valid signatures. They will square off in November to replace Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

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