Montgomery mayoral candidate fails to meet ballot qualification

Montgomery mayoral candidate fails to meet ballot qualification
David Sadler, shown here in a light-colored suit with dark tie, appeared at Thursday night's mayoral forum at the Crump Center. Friday, he learned he didn't qualify for the race. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - One candidate who was seeking to run for mayor of Montgomery in the upcoming municipal elections will not see his name appear on the ballot.

According to Brenda Blalock with the Montgomery City Clerk’s office, candidate David Sadler did not meet all the qualifications to run for the office. His name, subsequently, will not be added to the ballot.

According to Sadler, he fell seven signatures short of the needed number of signatures. He said 15 of the signatures he got were unable to be verified or were people who were not registered voters.

According to the guidelines, a candidate was required to submit signatures of one-fourth of one percent of registered voters in Montgomery, about 350 signatures.

He said he will not petition the city to include him in this year’s race.

Sadler announced his bid during a June service program he hosts for homeless people in that provides food and haircuts on Saturdays. He ran for District 25′s state Senate seat in 2018 but lost to Republican Will Barfoot.

The window for submitting qualification documents closed on Tuesday, but the Board of Elections has been working to certify candidates. An official ballot will be released after all candidate submissions are reviewed.

Currently, there are 12 candidates remaining.

The election will be held on Aug. 27. If a run-off is needed, it will be held Oct. 8.

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