There was no court hearing Monday afternoon, as scheduled, in the case filed by Albert Crowley against Republican candidate Donna Johnson, the Chesterfield County Republican Party, the South Carolina Republican Party and the Chesterfield County Elections Commission. Crowley’s lawsuit claims Republican candidates were not properly certified and asks their names to be removed from the November ballot.
A Motion to Dismiss that lawsuit was promptly filed and the hearing was set for Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.
“We received a call Monday morning,” said Johnson, “saying that Crowley’s lawyer had been called to active duty with the United States Coast Guard; to help with the hurricane in Louisiana.” Tropical storm Isaac was building to hurricane strength midweek as it headed for the Gulf states.
Johnson, a Chesterfield County Council candidate in District 7, said, “They simply said the hearing was postponed and that’s the only reason we were given.”
Deadlines have already passed for sending certified candidate names to be printed on Overseas and absentee ballots.
“As far as we know, we were properly certified and our names will be on the ballot,” said Johnson. “I guess we’ll wait and see what else happens.”
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