Dunsmuir council candidate isn't a candidate

Skye Kinkade

Though his name will appear as a Dunsmuir City Council candidate on the June 3 ballot, Bill McIntyre said he hopes he is not elected and that Leslie Wilde’s recall is unsuccessful.

“If by chance I was elected, I would not accept the seat,” McIntyre said. “I was asked by Leslie to file for her seat in case she was defeated so ‘progressives’ in town would have some one to vote for.”

When he filed his candidacy paperwork with Siskiyou County Clerk Colleen Setzer on March 7, McIntyre said he did so as a protest to Wilde’s recall and to make an anti-recall statement on the ballot.

Three days later, McIntyre said he received a letter from Setzer notifying him that his candidate statement was rejected because it didn’t conform to California Elections Code.

McIntyre said he emailed Setzer to ask that his name be removed from the ballot.

At that point, it was too late to remove it, Setzer said.

McIntyre said he had a hearing scheduled to argue emergency relief that would require Setzer to include his statement, but canceled it after deciding it would be “very confusing to petition the judge to order my candidate statement on the election ballot that stated clearly I didn’t want to be elected.”

McIntyre said he supports Wilde and believes she’s “doing a great job” as a city councilor since being appointed in May 2013. He said after years of recording Dunsmuir City Council meetings as a contribution to the city, he is “very familiar with the challenges facing Dunsmuir.”

“In my view, Dunsmuir has been cursed with backward thinking councils,” McIntyre said “I believe this recall is not about council member Wilde’s alleged ‘special interests.’ I feel it’s about certain council members and citizens feeling threatened by Leslie Wilde’s determined quest for information, reason and fairness. I believe this recall is about a vocal minority whose backward political vision was rejected by voters in November 2012. They are angry over Leslie’s advocacy for property rights and government transparency.”

To be successful, Wilde’s recall would need to get 51 percent of the votes cast. The candidate with the most votes would replace her.

Candidates on the ballot are Lorenzo Castro, Linda Gnesa and Dick Kelby.