District 3 City Council candidate Lisa Czelatdko says she had a nasty experience at the Clerk and Recorder's office on Feb. 3.
Czelatdko, who is new to politics, says she had gone to the office to learn more about filing her paperwork, especially the petitions she had gathered in order to be certified an official candidate.
Instead, she says, Senior Office Specialist Sharon Serrano took a peek in her folder, than demanded that Czelatdko hand over all the blue forms. Turns out, Czelatdko had 32 signatures on petition forms for an at-large seat, rather than a District 3 seat. According to Czelatdko, Serrano explained as much while she ripped up the blue sheets and chucked them in the trash.
Czelatdko says she asked if she could at least have the names off the sheets, so she could contact the signers and ask them to sign the correct sheets, but she says Serrano wouldn't budge.
"This is a perfect example of poor customer service," Czelatdko says. "... People forget that these days, if you have a job you're pretty darn lucky."
Czelatdko, by the way, was able to gather far more than the needed 50 signatures to get on the ballot. But she was ticked. And, she says, it's only the latest problem she's had. She notes, for instance, that she was first told by the city (presumably along with other candidates) that it was OK to accept contributions from corporations. Now, according to a story in the Gazette, the city attorney is saying that corporate contributions to city candidates are illegal.
Which brings us to another minor shakeup. Seizing on the news that the city now thinks corporate contributions are illegal (or at least the city attorney does), mayoral candidate Brian Bahr sent out a press release today letting everyone know he's filed a formal complaint with the city clerk and city attorney against opponents Richard Skorman and Steve Bach — who have accepted corporate contributions.
Apparently, Bahr can afford to take the high road and not accept corporate cash — after all, the developer has pumped $200,000 into his own campaign.