As Cache Valley resident Farley Anderson organizes his candidacy for Governor from his home in Paradise, one of his supporters said this week efforts to de-certify electronic signatures supporting Anderson’s candidacy are politically motivated. The lieutenant governor’s office says the independent candidate didn’t get the required 1,000 signatures to support his candidacy. Including e-signatures. Anderson says he did. Anderson and supporter Steve Maxfield have asked the court to rule that the lieutenant governor wrongly failed to accept Anderson’s certificate for nomination. The Utah attorney general’s office wants the state Supreme Court to deny the request. “Utah State Law prescribes as an unaffiliated candidate you have to use the petition process to get your name on the ballot. It requires 1,000 signatures. We chose to think a little outside the box and use electronic signatures which we believe Utah State Law prescribes are the equivalent of a paper signature in every legal way.” Anderson said he is the first candidate ever to have a petition signed in every county in the State of Utah. “For the past two and a half years I’ve been traveling around the state talking about my book, ‘The Restoration of our Republic’. It deals with empowering citizens.” At the first of the year, planning to mount an aggressive campaign, Anderson found himself in the hospital for emergency surgery, followed by legal matters that required his attention. “At that point my financial resources were dwindling,” he said, “and it looked like my candidacy wasn’t going to happen. Then a few weeks ago Steve Maxfield gave me a call.” He said Maxfield stepped forward, convinced Anderson’s candidacy could work. “Unless the people rise up and support things that are a little outside of the box,” said Anderson, “the gridlock we have in our own state government is not going to change. Ignorance and greed are way too well entrenched in our government. The people need rise up and use the tools they have. One of those tools is referendums and initiatives.” Anderson said his background has been in the natural foods industry. He and his family grew a small family business into a company with over 100 employees. “For the past 10 years I’ve been semi-retired from the business and devoting my time to writing and lecturing and teaching. That hasn’t been as profitable as the business world, financially. But it is far more profitable in the relationships created and in the value and good I’ve done for our community as I have traveled the state.”
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