Federal Judge Overturns San Juan County Clerk’s Decision; Places Wille Grayeyes Back on Ballot.

Published August 9, 2018

MOAB, Utah — On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, a federal court judge in Utah ordered the San Juan County Clerk, John David Nielson, to place

Willie Grayeyes

back on the ballot for the 2018 County Commission election in San Juan County. Mr. Grayeyes is the Democratic Party nominee for District 2, but was wrongfully removed from the ballot earlier this year based on a flawed residency challenge.

In response to the court’s decision, Leonard Gorman, Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, said: “It appears that Mr. Nielson backdated official County documents in an attempt to strip Willie Grayeyes of his candidacy. It’s clear that Nielson made egregious, if not purposeful, errors in disqualifying Mr. Willie Grayeyes as a candidate.”

Mr. Gorman further stated: “Nielson’s inappropriate actions show that he is unfit to serve as the County Clerk. He failed in his duty to diligently protect and defend the public interest. Mr. Nielson’s actions should shock the conscience of the voters in San Juan County Utah.”

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