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Lancaster man files suit challenging results of recent municipal elections

A Lancaster man is contesting the outcome of Lancaster’s recent municipal elections, saying he hopes his legal challenge will bring justice to hundreds of voters who he believes were disenfranchised.

Johnathon Ervin, 31, an engineer and Air Force reservist, filed suit in July charging discrepancies in April’s election for mayor and City Council. Allegations include violations in voting procedures and the handling of the ballot, such as absentee ballots allegedly being left unsecured and in the presence of an incumbent.

A trial is set for Dec. 13.

The defendants named in the suit are Lancaster City Clerk Geri Bryan; Vice Mayor Ron Smith, who won reelection; and newly elected Councilman Marvin E. Crist.

One of Ervin’s key contentions is that Bryan certified Victoria Zavala for the City Council race even though Zavala wasn’t a resident of Lancaster. The candidate wasn’t informed of her ineligibility to run until after the election.

Zavala garnered 2,107 votes, some of which Ervin contends could have gone to him, giving him enough votes to beat Crist and possibly Smith.

Voters were allowed to cast ballots for two candidates.

"I feel the clerk’s negligence disenfranchised over 2,000 voters from casting votes for a qualified candidate,” Ervin said. He wants the election results to be nullified and a new vote held.

“We cannot let this go by without putting up a fight,” he said.

 

 

 

Mike Rives, who finished fourth in the council race and in past years has run for seats in Congress and the California state Assembly, said he had never witnessed this “degree of manipulation of all my years in politics.”

Council members acknowledged the election was flawed, but the panel has since voted for the results to stand.

Lancaster City Atty. David McEwen said the judge’s setting of a trial date has nothing to do with whether Ervin has a legitimate case. “It’s purely procedural,” he said, noting that several steps remain before a trial could occur.

Smith noted that Ervin originally focused his case on the fact that an unqualified candidate was allowed to run.

"Now he’s throwing in everything but the kitchen sink,” he said. 

McEwen said it was unlikely that Ervin’s challenge to an ineligible candidate being on the ballot would succeed in forcing a new election. “The law makes it very clear that you can’t challenge that after the election,” McEwen said. “You simply invalidate the votes.”

In addition, since voters were allowed to back two candidates in the council race, it is possible that Ervin already received votes from some of the ballot-casters who also voted for Zavala, McEwen said. There is no proof that any additional votes Ervin might have won would have affected the outcome of the election, McEwen added.

Ervin insisted that his election challenge wasn’t about self-promotion.

“This really isn’t about me,” said Ervin. “It’s about the people. It’s about the constitutionality of these elections.”

 -- Ann M. Simmons


 

 
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Without naming names, those that run the City of Lancaster are as corrupt as they come. These same people are self-serving, selfish, crooks whose only focus is what they can gain from any given situation (mostly money and prestige). On the surface it appears, the mayor, etc., are elected officials who are looking after citizens' best interests, however, nothing could be further from the truth. They are vicious individuals threatening anyone's right to free speech if they dare disagree with any city coucil member. Mayor donates big $$ to DA's campaign, thus no investigation.

Of course this was voter fraud. Rex Parris (the mayor, who won, along with his handpicked crony's, and his hand picked amendments, all of which were passed. hhhmmmm!) investigates EVERYONE who runs in the local race. He KNEW Victoria was not eligible, but kept it a secret till the day AFTER the election.

Geri does what rex tells her to do. And screwed the voters over in the process. Which is fine with him. Since it was about getting his 3 council votes, of course he had Mcewin certify the results. We are more corrupt then Bell. Guess because were seperated by a mountain range from LA proper, our corrupt
local government gets away with their funneling of cash to each other.

Between killing our dogs, to harassing non-christians, to stealing public property to give to private enterprises, to racially profiling our children, to closing down a private business without due process, to denying civil rights,
to giving tax dollars to churches, we might as well live in a foreign country were the constitution doesn't exist.

In Lancaster we have an evil entity ruling this city, a lot like "wesley" from the movie "roadhouse" does. His name is R.Rex Parris, mayor parris to some, king rex to far too many of us. He is the ultimate say here in Lancaster, abusing citizens and causing collateral damage all the way to the top. and believe me, it trickles down on his cronies. ie. Ron Smith (rex's yes man/vice mayor) sherry marquez (bigotted racist city councilwoman) David McEwen city attorney who has way too much of a personal interest in rex's personal monetary endeavors that can be made by the city. Geri Bryan (city clerk who obviously isn't thorough enough to do her job to effect the outcome of the election per order of rex parris) might i add that rex had full access to the absentee ballots. heck they went to his po box! This elite group of criminals have destroyed this city with their greed, have cheated thousands of voters and have done nothing except commit crimes against their community, i'm glad someone is finally looking further into this as in bringing forward into the media. please, please, keep digging and expose this group for the crooks that they truly are. so that we may have some compassionate local politicians around here. heck if you like you can go to facebook and see a page called "get parris out of lancaster" and see hundreds of his blunders.

In Lancaster we have an evil entity ruling this city, a lot like "wesley" from the movie "roadhouse" does. His name is R.Rex Parris, mayor parris to some, king rex to far too many of us. He is the ultimate say here in Lancaster, abusing citizens and causing collateral damage all the way to the top. and believe me, it trickles down on his cronies. ie. Ron Smith (rex's yes man/vice mayor) sherry marquez (bigoted racist city councilwoman) David McEwen city attorney who has way too much of a personal interest in rex's personal monetary endeavors that can be made by the city. Geri Bryan (city clerk who obviously isn't thorough enough to do her job to effect the outcome of the election per order of rex parris) might i add that rex had full access to the absentee ballots. heck they went to his po box! This elite group of criminals have destroyed this city with their greed, have cheated thousands of voters and have done nothing except commit crimes against their community, i'm glad someone is finally looking further into this as in bringing forward into the media. please, please, keep digging and expose this group for the crooks that they truly are. so that we may have some compassionate local politicians around here. heck if you like you can go to facebook and see a page called "get parris out of lancaster" and see hundreds of his blunders.


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