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Despite some empty seats at a forum this week, it looks like commitments are solid for the May 7 and May 13 events.
From LWV-VC  

Friday, May 7. Ventura County Candidates Forum sponsored by California Lutheran University, et al.
California Lutheran University Oxnard Campus, 2201 Outlet Center Drive, Suite 600, Oxnard.

5:30 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. Candidates for Treasurer / Tax Collector
6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Candidates for County Clerk / Recorder
7:20 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Candidates for Sheriff
Moderated by David Maron, member, League of Women Voters and Dr. Herb Gooch, 
Masters in Public Policy and Administration Program, at California Lutheran University.

Thursday, May 13. Ventura County Candidates Forum co-sponsored by California Lutheran University,
Ventura County Civic Alliance, Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, and American Association of University Women, Thousand Oaks Unit.

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Candidates for Sheriff
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Candidates for Supervisor, 2nd District

3 candidates will take another stab at statements

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I've just confirmed with the county elections office that the county clerk-recorder, who oversees elections, has rejected the candidate statements submitted by three candidates in the June primary: Geoff Dean, a candidate for sheriff; Mark Lunn, a candidate for clerk-recorder; and Lela Henke-Dobroth, a candidate for judge.

The candidate's statement is an optional 200-word statement submitted by the candidate to be printed on the sample ballots that registered voters get in the mail before the election. Getting your statement rejected is not that unusual -- it happened to someone in both the 2006 and 2008 county elections -- and it's not a major disaster. The next step for Dean, Lunn and Henke-Dobroth will be to rewrite their statements and submit them to a judge. If the judge approves of the rewrite, he will order the statement included on the sample ballot.

So, why did the clerk-recorder's office reject Dean's, Lunn's and Henke-Dobroth's statements? At the moment, it's hard to say. The Elections Division office is closed for the weekend, so I won't get a look at the rejected statements until Monday.

There are very strict rules about what you can and can't say in your statement. The most common no-no is mentioning your opponent in any way, even vaguely. Two years ago, Socorro Lopez Hanson was running against Supervisor Kathy Long and had her initial attempt at a candidate statement rejected because it had the phrases, "It is time to set political games aside," and "It is time for a strong, courteous supervisor." She did not mention Long by name.

Here's what the county's handbook for candidates has to say about what should be in the statement:

Each statement may include the name, age and occupation of the candidate and a brief description of the candidate's education and qualifications expressed by the candidate.
Comments on opponents have been disallowed by the courts. The statement shall not include the party affiliation of the candidate, nor membership or activity in partisan political organizations. 
Any candidate's statement shall be limited to a recitation of the candidate's own personal
background and qualifications, and shall not in any way make reference to other candidates for that office or to another candidate's qualifications, character, or activities.
We'll be back next week with the full story of why these candidates' statements were rejected, and we'll follow their attempts to get a revised statement on the sample ballot.

One last thing about candidate statements: they aren't cheap. The candidate has to pay for their share of the printing costs of the sample ballot. You have to pay a deposit first, and then if the actual cost of printing is lower or higher, the payment is adjusted. The deposit this year for a countywide office (like sheriff, judge or clerk-recorder) was $5,050.
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