O.K., we admit it.
We screwed up with yesterday’s post about three candidates for the April 8 Special Congressional Open Primary Election, and we apologize. It actually appears that there will be five. And though we used the phrase “it’s official” preceeding those three candidates, we technically can’t say that either, because it’s up to the Secretary of State to certify the list of candidates. She has until March 3 to do so.
The reason we screwed up is embarrassingly simple: we’re so enveloped by our San Mateo County tunnel vision that we failed to check to see which potential candidates had filed with San Francisco County. Remember, the 12th Congressional District also includes part of San Francisco.
You’ll see that there’s two candidates on this list who did not file in San Mateo County, but that doesn’t exclude or disqualify them. Since the seat crosses county boundaries, the Secretary of State becomes the official “elections office.” We simply perform the filing duties and forward the results to the state, and it’s up to her office to certify everything. (And, by the way, here are the official qualifications and requirements for becoming a certified candidate.)
So, here is the official unofficial list. Remember, it won’t really be official until we get the certified list on March 3.
· Jackie Speier, Democratic, former state senator, of Burlingame;
· Mike Moloney, Republican, retired businessman, of Foster City;
· Greg Conlon, Republican, businessman/CPA, of Atherton;
· Barry Hermanson, Green, equity investor, of San Francisco; and
· Michelle T. McMurry, Democratic, health policy director, of San Francisco.
It’s still true that if one candidate receives a majority (50 percent plus one) of votes, that candidate is declared the winner and no general election is held. But, based on the addition of two candidates, let us stand corrected on what happens if no candidate receives a majority of the votes. In that case, now, Hermanson and the top vote-getters from the Democratic and Republican parties will be placed on the ballot for a special congressional general election, which will be held on June 3 in conjunction with the Statewide Direct Primary Election.
We hope you can forgive us for the slip-up.