By JEREMY HAY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Alden Olmsted, who last week declared himself a write-in candidate for Cotati City Council, is not quite that yet.
Of the 27 signatures Olmsted turned in to become an official candidate, 12 were disqualified by the county Registrar of Voters, Cotati City Clerk Tami Taylor said Tuesday.
Nothing prevents Olmsted from declaring a candidacy and running a campaign. However, write-in votes cast for him Nov. 6 would only be counted if he had properly submitted 20 verified signatures from registered voters in Cotati.
According to the Registrar, the reasons for the disqualified signatures were that some were of people registered at addresses different than the one they gave on Olmsted’s candidate petition, and others were not registered voters.
There are four other candidates for the Cotati council in the race: Mayor Susan Harvey, Councilman John Del’Osso, former Councilman George Barich, and Planning Commissioner Wendy Skillman, a first-time candidate.
Olmsted has until Oct. 23 to turn in the eight additional signatures needed.