Albert Howard met the May 15, 4 p.m. filing deadline for nominating petitions to run as a Republican for the office of Ann Arbor mayor. However, the following day Ann Arbor city clerk staff determined that he had not submitted an adequate number of valid signatures. Candidates for mayor must submit 50 valid signatures from registered voters in each of the city’s five wards, for a total of 250 signatures. According to city clerk staff, Howard submitted more than 50 signatures for Ward 1, but only 44 of them were determined to be valid.
Howard might still appear on the Nov. 6 ballot – but not as a Republican. On Friday, May 18, Howard pulled petitions to run for Ann Arbor mayor with no party affiliation.
Candidates who are not affiliated with a political party (independents) have until July 19, 2012 at 4 p.m. to file petitions to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
For a line-up of candidates in the Aug. 7, 2012 partisan primaries, see Chronicle coverage: “Ann Arbor City Races Set.”