A lousy $26. That's how much money kept would-be Libertarian Party candidate Savva Vassiliev off the June primary ballot in the 27th Assembly District. Vassiliev, 24, a self-described actor-writer from Carmel, planned to use his candidacy to speak out for gay marriage, legal marijuana and lower taxes, among other issues. But Vassiliev fell short by $26 — $26.10 to be exact — of submitting the required combination of money and voter signatures to cover the $952.91 candidate filing fee to run for the state Legislature. Vassiliev believes that an election system that informed him of the shortfall days after the March 12 deadline and refused his offer to pay the $26 is unfair.
Mar 23, 2010
From the Monterey County Herald: