Would-be congressional candidate Nina Hayden tripped up by lack of signature
For want of a signature, Nina Hayden's campaign for Congress may be over.
Until Monday, the former Pinellas County School Board member was competing with onetime congressional aide Jessica Ehrlich in the Democratic primary to see who will oppose 81-year-old U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young in the general election this fall.
In campaign appearances Hayden portrayed herself as the candidate with experience, one who had faced the voters before —- unlike Ehrlich, who is making her first-ever run for office.
But when the state Division of Elections posted the list of qualifying candidates at noon, Hayden's name wasn't on it, and Ehrlich's was.
Hayden submitted her paperwork and fees on time as required. However, when elections officials checked her paperwork, they noticed that the notary who confirmed Hayden's own signature had failed to sign the paperwork as required by law.