San Diego mayoral race in legal limbo

[JURIST] With vote counts showing a slim victory for write-in candidate Donna Frye, a Democratic city councilwoman and local "surfer-activist," a lawsuit has been filed to declare her candidacy illegal and 124 local judges have been excused from hearing the case due to potential conflicts of interest. Presiding Judge John Einhorn recused the entire San Diego Superior Court bench because one of Frye's rivals in the election, Republican incumbent Dick Murphy, was a judge for 15 years and several area judges contributed to his campaign. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, asserts that the City Charter does not allow for write-in candidates in general elections and seeks an injunction halting a vote count by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office. Frye claims that any legal challenge should have come when she entered the race five weeks before the election and notes that her opponents, who appeared alongside her in televised debates, didn't object at the time. AP has more.

 

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