KLIN‘s Drive Time Lincoln (1400 AM) is reporting that two Democrats filing for statewide office had their filing checks with the Secretary of State…bounce.
KLIN reports that Attorney General candidate Van Argyrakis had his $950 check bounce. * (Note that this information is incorrect – see update below).
They also say that Secretary of State candidate (d’oh!) Kris Peirce’s $850 check bounced. However, apparently Pierce was able to come up with the funds and his name will stay on the ballot.
No word yet whether Argyrakis has cured the problem (which he should have until March 1st to fix).
(Jon Bruning may have dodged the Van the Man bullet!)
An update from Van Argyrakis:
The information the radio station received was incorrect. The reason the check did not clear was because I put a stop payment on it, not for insufficient funds.
The state had 3 weeks to cash my check which it did not do. During this time I changed my mind about running for the AG’s office and decided to withdraw my candidacy. Since the check had not cleared, I stopped payment on it and informed the Secretary of State’s office that I was withdrawing my name from the race.
At this point I am no longer a Democrat. I switched parties back to Republican, which I had been since 1985.
Van Argyrakis, Esq.
Kris Pierce is also now listed as a candidate for Secretary of State.
We could try to get to the bottom of this story…but we don’t really care.
Someone feel free to let us know.