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Updated Aug 6, 2014 - 6:42 pm

Qualified suburban Phoenix council candidate left off ballot

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of thousands of ballots started arriving in Arizona mailboxes this past weekend. For voters in Peoria, though, their ballots are missing a name.

Despite submitting the required number of valid signatures to quality for the Peoria City Council ballot, Dr. Ken Krieger's name doesn't appear on the ballot.

Krieger's name appears in the official voter guide, but he said he received a call from a rival candidate informing him of the omission. It may be a first in state history.

The situation has left Peoria and Maricopa County officials scrambling for a solution, none of which are suitable to Krieger.

"People make mistakes but this is a stunner," Krieger said. "And we can't compound the mistake and trample democracy with ham-fisted solutions and finger pointing from one election official to another.

"I have knocked on hundreds of doors, collected hundreds of signatures and felt very good about my chances for success. This wrong needs to be righted immediately," he said.

According to a statement, litigation is likely if election officials don't resolve the problem.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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