For Immediate Release
June 22th, 2016
“Varela Withdraws from council race”
After acknowledging a lack of required valid signatures, Mr. Varela submitted paperwork to the Flagstaff City Clerk withdrawing from the City Council race. We wish him the best.
A citizens group of volunteers verified all of the candidates’ signatures and found that Mr. Varela did not have the required 771 valid signatures for inclusion on the ballot. A lawsuit was filed by Stuart McDaniel in Superior Court challenging the 283 questionable signatures.
We would like to thank the citizen group of volunteers who worked so hard to ensure election integrity.
Mr. Varela’s voluntary withdrawal from the City Council race reduced the number of candidates to six which eliminates the need for the city primary election in August.