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Section A: General News


Miller back on ballot after brief absence


Miller back on ballot after brief absence
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Wilson County News
August 29, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- Floresville businessman Jim Miller is officially a candidate for Floresville City Council Place 1, following a brief absence from the Nov. 6 election ballot.

Miller filed Aug. 13 to seek election to the seat currently held by incumbent Jesse Christopher Flores, who is seeking his third, two-year term. But on Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. -- a half hour after the filing deadline -- the city’s municipal election judge, City Secretary Margaret Aranda, notified Miller that he was ineligible to run. She barred Miller because Miller only registered to vote in Floresville in June, despite indicating on his application that he has been a city resident for 5 years, 8 months.

Alicia Pierce, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said yesterday, “There is no obligation to establish residency through voter registration.”

Miller and his attorney, Eric Opiela, filed a petition for a writ of mandamus Aug. 21 with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Antonio, in an attempt to compel Aranda to place Miller on the ballot.

Wilson County Attorney Russell Wilson also filed an amicus curiae -- Latin for “friend of the court” brief, arguing that the city allowed Aranda “to perform a judicial gatekeeping function regarding access to the ballot,” which violated “constitutional protections against arbitrary and disparate treatment of voters.”

Floresville City Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg rendered Aranda’s response on her behalf, in which he said Miller would be placed on the election ballot. The court also ordered Aug. 24 that Aranda place his name on the ballot.

The controversy surrounding Miller’s exclusion from the ballot was the topic of discussion in area restaurants and online. After being allowed to remain on the ballot, Miller posted a comment on the Wilson County News’ website.

“Now that this issue of being on the ballot in November is closed we can move on to discussion of the issues,” he wrote.

For information about other candidates who filed for the Nov. 6 election, see article page 2A.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Eric  
Floresville  
September 3, 2012 8:16pm
 
How about people holding a public debate for the candidates?

 
In the know  
Floresville  
September 3, 2012 9:36am
 
Ms. Aranda, I hope that you read this. It is now time for you to save yourself. Take yourself out as election judge and or city secretary. No one can trust you anymore. The words that we have been posting are very serious. ... More ›

 
Spec Ops  
Wilson  
September 2, 2012 3:17pm
 
The only thing he has in the bag is city secretary counting the votes. Need to bring someone in to watch her. I wouldn't put anything past these crooks. Someone better be watching her closely

 
In the know  
Floresville  
September 2, 2012 1:56pm
 
CTP; you will not be hearing from Mr. Gomez any time soon unless he knocks on your door trying to sell you a ticket for his fundraiser. According to him, he will not be placing any signs because he has the election "in ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
September 2, 2012 8:54am
 
I for one do not want the city secretary putting her hands on my ballot! What can we do to keep her out? Surely by now everyone knows to what extremes she will go to to protect her boyfriend. Wonder how long he will keep her ... More ›

 
Small Town Girl  
Floresville  
September 1, 2012 8:13pm
 
You are correct, Eric. The negative publicity and the reputation that she has earned will only make more people vote for Jim Miller.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
September 1, 2012 2:02am
 
He needs to send her his attorney's bill for her illegal act. Her misuse of power and personal vendetta against Mr. Miller is a symptom of what is going on - and has been going on for the past few years. CORRUPTION She ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
August 31, 2012 11:33pm
 
Jim you should write a thank you letter to Mrs. Aranda, nobody in this town has donated more towards your campaign than her.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 31, 2012 10:02am
 
Exactly!

 
BSP  
Floresville  
August 31, 2012 10:00am
 
What hair?

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