File this one under stories that can only happen in San Bernardino.
Mayoral Candidate Concepcion Powell has been removed from the November ballot for failing to pay her candidate filing fees.
The removal of Concepcion Powell from the ballot was initiated by San Bernardino City Clerk Gigi Hanna.
Hanna also claims Powell did not pay the fees to have her Candidate’s Statement printed in the Sample Ballot.
According to The Sun:
Powell, who according to her ballot statement is an economic development consultant, gave the required checks on Aug. 14, the deadline to file for mayor, but closed the account after she was robbed of about $7,000 and a laptop containing a password to the bank account, she and Hanna said.
The money and other items were stolen from her car at a San Bernardino gas station in mid August, Powell said.
Powell told employees in the Finance Department she would pay by Sept. 1, but on Wednesday they said no checks had been received, according to Hanna.
Hanna then sent an email giving Powell until noon Thursday to make payment, and when that deadline passed, called to check up. Powell said she thought she had until 5 p.m.
At 4:45, according to Hanna, Powell’s representative came in but said she had lost the check.
Hanna sent an email at 5:12 p.m. asking the registrar to remove Powell from the ballot.
Concepcion Powell who participated in our Online Interview Series and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association’s Mayoral Candidates Forum, said she was going to take the weekend to decide how to proceed in this matter.
As always, we’ll keep you posted.