SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clifton Oliver has been disqualified as a mayoral candidate in the November general election by the Board of Elections.
Oliver, who had filed as an independent candidate for Elyria mayor, was disqualified for not having enough valid signatures on his petitions. Board of Elections Director Paul Adams said Oliver needed 161 valid signatures and had 189 signatures when he filed them with the board office; however, the Board of Elections staff found only 138 were valid.
Those signing were required to be Elyria residents and registered voters.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed, but this isn’t going to stop me from what I’ve been doing in helping business grow in the city and bringing awareness to things that are wrong in the city,” Oliver said. “I’ll continue looking at the other three that are in there, and maybe if I see one fit, I’ll bring the support that I have behind me behind them and get them over the hump.”
Oliver also said this isn’t the end of his political career.
“Maybe now, I’ll get four more years of experience,” he said. “I was coming into this inexperienced, as is. Everything happens for a reason. I’m a man of faith, and maybe there’s a bigger plan for me than this.”
The Board of Elections also disqualified Brandon Wysocki, who was running for Lorain City Council Ward 1.
Adams said that Wysocki filed as an independent candidate and then later that same day declared a party.
“As required by directive, individual who are independents must be so, and by declaring themselves as a member of a political party after filing the recommendation would be to reject the petition,” he said.
Board of Elections Chairperson Marilyn Jacobcik said the petitions that were rejected “were rejected as a matter of law.”
The board did certify the petitions of four other independent candidates — Frank Whitfield and Bill Grace, who are running for Elyria mayor; Honey Howard, who is running for Elyria law director; and Gregory Argenti, who is running for Lorain City Council 4th Ward.
The Board of Elections also certified the May 7 primary election results during the meeting, with Adams saying that there were no changes to the results of any of the races.