Adam Lansky and Kaitlin Lott, Occupy Little Rock members whose petitions to run for seats on the Little Rock City Board were ruled insufficient by the city clerk, have filed suit in Pulaski Circuit Court asking the court to compel the clerk to certify Lansky and Lott as candidates.
The petition also seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent the clerk or county Election Commission from certifying the ballot before Lansky and Lott’s complaint can be heard.
At issue are addresses accompanying three names on Lansky’s petitions and two on Lott’s that did not match addresses on their voter registration records. Because they didn’t match, City Clerk Susan Langley struck them from the petitions, leaving Lansky and Lott short the required 50 names of registered voters. Lansky is seeking to run for the position 8 seat held by Dr. Dean Kumpuris, who is seeking re-election, and Lott for position 10, held by Joan Adcock, who also is seeking re-election.
Ironically, one of the names is that of Robert Webb, a candidate for the position 10 spot.
The petition in court says that the city clerk would not accept information that showed the individuals who signed the petitions were in fact registered voters. City Attorney Tom Carpenter said yesterday that he reviewed the petitions and that Langley had acted appropriately.
UPDATE: Circuit Judge Jay Moody will hold a hearing at 11 a.m. Friday (tomorrow) in the case.