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October 22, 2014

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Elections 2014:

Candidate for state controller says he’ll fight to stay on ballot

CARSON CITY – Michael Schaefer, a Democratic candidate for state controller, says he’s going to fight the state’s suit to remove him from the ballot.

“I don’t think they have a chance” to win the petition filed by the secretary of state in the Clark County District Court, says the 76-year old Schaefer, who has a condominium in Las Vegas.

The Secretary of State’s Office says Schaefer has not been a resident of Nevada for the required previous two years to qualify him for the office.

Schaefer filed for election to the Los Angeles City Council in 2012 and declared he was a resident of California, the suit says. He lost the election.

Schaefer ran for secretary of state in 1974 in Nevada and lost. He also was an unsuccessful candidate for state Assembly in Las Vegas in 2012.

He maintains he has lived in Las Vegas for about 40 years except for brief flings to run for political offices in California.

He contends the petition filed is flawed. He says the suit, according to the law, must be filed by an “elector” and the secretary of state doesn’t fit that category. “They don’t have standing to proceed,” says Schaefer.

A hearing in Las Vegas is set for Thursday.

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