Nov. 2 election brings numerous legal battles

From District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s legal fight to be allowed to run of election to labor unions suing to disqualify Proposition B form the ballot, the November 2 election is keeping Superior Court judges busy.</p>

Add to the mix a lawsuit filed against candidate Theresa Sparks, who is running in the District 6 race against such candidates as School Board President Jane Kim and Debra Walker, who sits on the Building Inspection Commission.

A lawsuit was filed against Sparks over her ballot designation, which is generally used by a candidate to list their occupation.

“This morning I am pleased at the ruling issued by Judge Peter Busch upholding my legal ballot designation as Human Rights Director,” Sparks said in a statement Tuesday about the legal ruling. “I am the director of the Human Rights Commission, the city agency that protects the human rights of all San Franciscans. My deepest thanks to our legal team for managing this case to a successful conclusion and ensuring that justice was done.”

Sparks also suggests in her statement that the lawsuit was nothing but an orchestrated political attack.

“I would like to think that this legal challenge was merely filed by an interested individual acting on his own volition, but the timing and circumstances around the filing suggests otherwise,” Sparks said. “In a city that describes its political process as a blood sport and is controlled by machine politics, it’s very possible that this action was just another example of an independent candidate with no machine affiliations being harassed either by the political faction currently in power or a new one trying to gain it.”

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