IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m reviewing the filings for 47th Congressional District and it seems that Rosemarie “Rosie” Avila a 17 year veteran of the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) Board of Trustees wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t acknowledge that reality on her ballot designation. The designation she has chosen is Businesswoman/School Boardmember. Rosie is running for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
There are a few problems with her ballot designation. They are all tied to what the Elections Code 13107 requires:
(a) With the exception of candidates for Justice of the State Supreme Court or Court of Appeal, immediately under the name of each candidate, and not separated from the name by any line, may appear at the option of the candidate only one of the following designations:
(1) Words designating the elective city, county, district, state, or federal office which the candidate holds at the time of filing the nomination documents to which he or she was elected by vote of the people, or to which he or she was appointed, in the case of a superior court judge.
(2) The word “incumbent” if the candidate is a candidate for the same office which he or she holds at the time of filing the nomination papers, and was elected to that office by a vote of the people, or, in the case of a superior court judge, was appointed to that office.
(3) No more than three words designating either the current principal professions, vocations, or occupations of the candidate, or the principal professions, vocations, or occupations of the candidate during the calendar year immediately preceding the filing of nomination documents.
So what we have is a situation where Rosie has combined the words Ã¢â‚¬Å“BoardÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“MemberÃ¢â‚¬Â into a single word. Considering that “Board Member” is two words, it is amusing that a School Board Member wouldn’t know that. Next we have the fact that the Elections Code clearly states that a candidate must choose only one of three possible designations.
In RosieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s case, she can either choose to list her elected office, or her principal professions, vocations, or occupations. It is pretty clear that she cannot combine the two. She must choose either Businesswoman or Santa Ana School District Trustee.
What I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get is that with 17 years experience as a school board member, why doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t she want to acknowledge that fact? Is she embarrassed? Does she feel responsible for helping drive the district in to a very deep financial hole?
The other thing I don’t get is how did the Registrar of Voters miss such a clear error? They have a few days to figure it out so I hope they do. Of course, any voter can challenge the designation if they choose to.