The lawsuit, case #CA-22-006911 which can be found on the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Court website, is seeking:
a declaration that Defendant Susan Valdes failed to properly qualify as a Democratic candidate for nomination and election as a member of the Florida House of Representatives District 64, requiring Defendants Cord Byrd and the Department of State, Division of Elections to decertify Valdes as a Democratic candidate for nomination and election in Florida House of Representatives District 64, and since there is no other candidate for that office besides Plaintiff Maura Cruz Lanz, naming Maura Cruz Lanz the winner and canceling the election, or alternatively requiring Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections to not print ballots with Susan Valdes name as a candidate, to not dispatch vote by mail ballots with Susan Valdes' name on them, and to not tabulate or count any votes for Susan Valdes in the District 64 race.
According to the Complaint, Susan Valdes did not include her Voter Registration number or the Phonetic spelling of her name for the audio ballots.
|Democrat HD64 candidate Susan Valdes |
Incomplete Candidate Oath
By not providing her Voter Registration number, the lawsuit claims there was no verification of Susan Valdes voter registration or proof she is an elector. The lawsuit also alleges that per Florida Statute, Notaries may not notarize a signature if the document is "incomplete or blank".
Lanz is seeking an emergency hearing for a judgment that Susan Valdes failed to qualify as a candidate in the manner required by Florida Statutes and is therefore ineligible to run in the 2022 elections.
If Valdes is ruled unqualified to run as a candidate in HD 64, Lanz will win that seat as there is no other challenger in the race.
Peg Reese, chief of staff at the supervisor’s office, sent the following email to Farris, Latimer and Kramer at 7:52 p.m.: “Ms. Valdez did not [emphasis hers] deliver a Resign to Run letter to the Supervisor of Elections office by the close of business today. At approximately 7:30 PM this evening, Craig received via email a Resign-to-Run letter from Vic DiMaio, campaign aide to Susan Valdez. According to Valdez and DiMaio, both of whom spoke with Craig this evening, DiMaio was supposed [emphasis mine] to deliver the letter to the Supervisor of Election by the close of business today (5:00 PM) …”
However, Valdes has a problem following the rules. Should she be in a position where she is making the rules?