About an hour ago, Dave Levinthal over at The Dallas Morning News broke the news that former Dallas Observer music editor Zac Crain has been removed from the mayoral ballot because he didn't collect enough valid signatures by the March 12 filing deadline.
I just got off the phone with Crain, who says the City Secretary's office told him he missed the required 473 valid signatures by 54 names. Why? Either people had moved out of Dallas since they signed the petition or they were "inactive voters" who hadn't voted recently enough. Neither of these reasons seemed to sit too well with Crain, who says he's going to investigate his removal and see if he can't get back on the ballot.
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He did tell Unfair Park he's "pretty bummed out about it," but that he's also optimistic that this ain't over yet. Crain says his campaign manager, Jonathan Rector, has already found four signatures rejected by the city that Crain and his people believe are valid. Developing. In the meantime, feel free to write us in on your May ballot, because we totally have great ideas we're planning on stealing from Darrell Jordan. --Andrea Grimes