Republican candidate for Chesterfield County Council Donna Johnson said she’ll be at the courthouse in Chesterfield Monday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. to see how the judge will answer a motion to dismiss the case against her. Johnson is facing a lawsuit that claims she did not properly file her paperwork last March when declaring her candidacy for public office.
Johnson is not alone in this battle. The lawsuit filed earlier this month by Chesterfield County resident Albert Crowley, claims Johnson did not submit her Statement of Economic Interest and her Statement of Intent for Candidacy simultaneously.
The suit calls for civil action against Republican candidate Richard Yow, who is running for District 53’s seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, for the same reasons. The same lawsuit also asks for action against the Chesterfield County Republican Party, the South Carolina Republican Party, the Chesterfield County Elections Commission, and the South Carolina State Elections Commission.
“All I know is my paperwork is right,” said Johnson. “It’s been certified three times.”
Because the deadline to submit certified candidate names for absentee ballots has passed — Aug. 15 — it is uncertain the fate these candidates will face at election time.
Democratic candidates were in the same boat earlier this summer, facing the same accusations. Many of them were not able to have their names printed for the June primary elections, but time has afforded them the opportunity to run petition campaigns that place their names on the November ballot.