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Flowers uprooted in special Council race

Candidate booted, filing an appeal

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

Earnest Flowers, a candidate in the 31st District City Council race, has been booted from the ballot over a technicality. He will appeal the decision by the Board of Elections in an effort to plant himself back in the running.

The issue was with the name of Flowers’ campaign party — Community First. The BOE said it too closely resembled Community Unity, which is being used by another candidate, so the agency told Flowers to think of another moniker.

Flowers came up with the name Neighborhood First, but the BOE said it was too long and had too many characters, so Flowers shortened it to Neighbor First. The BOE approved the name, but Flowers did not have time to file an acceptance form for that party title by the Jan. 17 deadline.

Flowers is appealing the BOE decision and said if he doesn’t make it back onto the ballot, he will remain in the race as a write-in candidate.

“I’ve grown wiser for it,” Flowers said of the ordeal. “There are many processes that are used to limit the amount of people on the ballot.”

Indeed there are.

Candidate Jacques Leandre filed, and later dropped, lawsuits against several of the candidates in the race, because he said their petition signatures raised red flags.

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