Former Secretary of State Brad Johnson will be allowed to run for his old office after all now that the state’s political practices commissioner reversed an earlier decision Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Johnson’s name was to be stricken from the June primary election ballot for not filing a business disclosure form on time. It was due by 5 p.m. Tuesday. “I’m delighted,” Johnson, a Republican, said after learning from Commissioner Jim Murry on Wednesday that he would be on the June primary ballot. Johnson said he had submitted the form electronically twice on time Tuesday, but it didn’t show up at the commissioner’s office or show up on his own computer.
Johnson was elected secretary of state in 2004 but was defeated by Democrat Linda McCulloch in 2008. It was a dramatic turnaround from Wednesday morning, when Johnson learned that his name wouldn’t appear on the ballot.
“I felt like I’d been slugged in the gut and I’ve been on a real roller coaster emotionally today,” Johnson said later. He now will be one of the four Republicans on the ballot for the secretary of state’s nomination, while McCulloch is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Full Article: Ex-secretary of state Johnson will be on ballot after all.