Try Again — How Many In The Mayor’s Race?

First of all, thank you for your patience as we wrestled with conflicting numbers and names in the field of mayoral contenders after today’s filing deadline.
And now, a word or two of explanation.
For those of you who saw the story on our website change several times in substantial ways between noon and around 7 pm Thursday, welcome to the uncertainty that comes in the wake of the deadline.
What’s different is that it unfolded with near real time reporting. There are usually two central items of interest at the filing deadline — surprises and the number of candidates. In this case there were no surprises. That left the number of candidates. And that can be a hard detail to nail down with petitions that are scrutinized line by line by Election Commission staff. It takes time and in some cases, candidates get another page or so for more signatures that can be filed at a later date. In one case, the later page of signatures got separated from the original petition. Thus Sharon Webb’s abrupt departure from the race and then her abrupt re-entry.
There could be even more changes between now and the withdrawal deadline — noon Sept. 10. Candidates sometimes contest their disqualification and sometimes they win the challenge.
The Oct. 15 election will be our first with Twitter and we’ll learn even more with that experience.
Politics is an area of coverage that seems, at least to me, to be uniquely suited to the revolution underway in how we get this vital information to you. Those changes are in turn demanding changes in the way we report. We are evolving on both fronts.

Dansette

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