Politics/Elections

Published on June 27th, 2014 |

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Independent Bozarth submits ballot petition for GA House race

Georgia House District 54 Independent candidate Bill Bozarth reached a significant milestone in his campaign today  (June 27) when he

GA House Dist. 54 independent candidate Bill Bozarth submits his petition to the Secretary of State's office  on June 27.

GA House Dist. 54 independent candidate Bill Bozarth submits his petition to the Secretary of State’s office on June 27.

submitted his ballot petition signatures to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Bozarth had paid his qualifying fee for the position the previous day.

The total number of signatures submitted was over 2200, well beyond the required number of 1776 signatures the campaign was given as the official target by the Secretary of State’s office late in 2013.

The petitions were gathered over a six-month period, and involved the efforts of over 40 volunteers who served as petition circulators for the campaign.

Bozarth acknowledged his volunteer force and his core group who helped contacting voters, as well as tracking and monitoring the signature gathering process, which by law must be conducted between Jan. 9 and July 8.

“This is a very daunting process, and I now understand why few Independent and third-party candidates ever make it to the ballot in Georgia,” Bozarth told BuckheadView. “However, we have been very careful to abide by all the rules, and I am quite confident that we will soon receive the news that our signatures are sufficient to get us on the ballot.”

Bozarth met Friday with State Elections Division personnel who performed an initial high-level inspection before passing the 204-page package

Bozarth's new campaitn signs.

Bozarth’s new campaitn signs.

to the Fulton County Election Board, who is responsible for validating the petitions.

“The signature gathering process has given me insight to my neighbors I could never have gotten without knocking on doors,” Bozarth said in a press release from his campaign. “Our experience confirms to me that voters are seeking something different: an ethical candidate with proven experience who won’t simply go down to the gold dome and conduct business as usual.”

Bozarth added, “I plan to deliver against those heightened expectations as I always have in my work career and in my community service.  This whole process has drawn on a host of friends and other community leaders, to whom I am most grateful.”

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