About two dozen members of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (DSA) filed a grievance charging their leaders changed the rules governing the sheriff’s endorsement mid game. Two weeks ago, the DSA announced it would endorse incumbent Sheriff Jim Anderson after Anderson won a plurality of votes among union members – meaning he won more votes than any other candidate, but fell shy of a simple majority. One week before the election, outgoing DSA president Mike Durant explained in writing to union members that a simple majority – one vote more than 50 percent – was required for the endorsement. But after the votes were cast, and before they were counted, DSA leadership claimed only a plurality was required. The union will meet later this week to discuss what, if anything, should be done to rectify the problem.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., April 13, 2006
Updated 11:43 a.m., April 27, 2006
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