Corbett will not be on primary ballot

Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett announces he is appealing to stay on the ballot for...
Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett announces he is appealing to stay on the ballot for Governor on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.(KCRG)
Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 8:20 AM CDT
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Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will not be on the June 5th primary ballot.

The court has denied his petition to include signatures that have been stricken through.

On April 3, a hearing was held regarding the ability to include crossed off signatures.

Part of Corbett's argument was that the will of certain voters would be foiled if his name wasn't included.

Last week, a three-member state election panel ruled that Corbett had fallen eight signatures short of the 4,005 names needed on a nominating petition to get on the ballot for Governor.

Corbett also says he will not run as an independent candidate this fall. And he will support current Governor Kim Reynolds' campaign.

Corbett says he is disappointed by the judge's ruling, and the state Republican party.

In hindsight, Corbett says he should have attained more signatures for his petition to be on the ballot. Corbett says he didn't have the staff that larger campaigns have. And instead of gathering signatures, his team was focused on fundraising and community events.

"We felt like we had enough signatures. Some of them were crossed off. Some of them were disqualified. In the end we were eight signatures short, and that's probably going to haunt me for a long time," Corbett said.

Corbett says his next goal is to be more active with his think tank, "Engage Iowa."

Governor Kim Reynolds released this statement today, that says, in part: "I want to thank Ron Corbett for his commitment and service to the people of Iowa. Now is the time for the Republican Party to unite and I look forward to leading our team to victory up and down the ballot this November."