Two Write-In Candidates Certified in Gaithersburg Election

Two Write-In Candidates Certified in Gaithersburg Election

Both were disqualified from filing in August because of not enough signatures

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Two Gaithersburg residents have qualified to run as write-in candidates for the city’s Nov. 5 election.

The city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections certified Juan Aguirre and Nicole Ukiteyedi as write-in candidates on Monday, according to a press release from the city Tuesday.

Aguirre, an insurance agent, and Ukiteyedi, an administrative assistant with Charles E. Smith Life Communities, filed for the election in August, but were disqualified because both failed to collect 100 signatures from registered city voters.

Incumbent city Councilmen Ryan Spiegel, Neil Harris and Robert Wu are all running for reelection unopposed and will appear on the ballot.

With Aguirre and Ukiteyedi qualifying as write-in candidates, five people will be competing for the three council seats.

To qualify as a write-in, each candidate had to file a certificate with the board of supervisors by the deadline of Oct. 18 or within three days of collecting or expending $250.

Voters who write in a candidate on their ballot will only have their vote counted if it is a certified write-in candidate.

Early voting will be held at City Hall Oct. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, same-day registration is available. Those registering on Election Day must show identification. More information can be found on the city’s website.

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