By Carla Branch
Virginia’s Eight Congressional District Democratic Committee this morning reversed last week’s decision and certified Bruce Shuttleworth as a candidate for Congress in the June 12, Democratic Primary Election. He will challenge Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Moran.
The Eighth District Democratic Committee discovered a number of signatures on petitions, which had not been previously certified although they were submitted on time and meet the criteria of a qualifying signature. Based on this new information, the Committee concluded that Shuttleworth has the required 1000 signatures to be on the June 12, ballot as a Democratic candidate for Congress.
Although the deadline for ballot certification has passed, the Eighth District Democratic requested that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli order the Virginia State Board of Elections to re-certify the ballot and include Shuttleworth. Cuccinelli did so and the State Board has re-certified the ballot.
The Shuttleworth campaign had filed suit against the Eighth District Democratic Committee, all jurisdictions within the Eighth Congressional District and the State Board of Elections over the decision not to certify Shuttleworth as a candidate for Congress on the June 12 ballot. The suit asserts that there were many missing petitions with valid signatures, which were not counted. Shuttleworth was given credit for 983 of the required 1000 signatures last week. His campaign submitted a total of 1823 signatures for review by the Eighth District Democratic Committee, which referred them to local General Registrars for verification.
Shuttleworth has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., on Market Square in Alexandria, to discuss his suit. Now that the situation has been rectified, it is unclear whether he will hold that press conference or not.