A judge on Friday morning ordered that Oakland City Council Candidate Greg Hodge be reinstated on the June ballot. Hodge had originally qualified for the election, but was removed by the City Clerk's Office after a supporter of incumbent Nancy Nadel questioned the validity of some signatures on his nomination papers. However, after Hodge filed suit earlier this week, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled Friday that Hodge had the fifty required signatures to qualify for the election.
"I'm dismayed that I had to spend all that time, energy, and money seeking fairness," Hodge said in the courtroom hallway after the judge's decision. Last week, Assistant City Clerk Marjo Keller said Hodge had fallen one signature shy of the fifty needed to make the ballot. But on Friday, Roesch ruled that one of the disqualified signatures was actually valid, thereby giving Hodge the needed fifty. The judge also ordered the Alameda County Registrar of Voters include Hodge's name on the official June ballot. Hodge is expected to give Nadel her toughest challenge in years.