Carol Wolf: Colleagues Stole Petition Sheets? 

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The Richmond School Board's on-board community activist, Carol A.O. Wolf, has added a conspiracy-theory twist to the old dog-ate-my-homework excuse.

She all but accuses fellow board members Lisa Dawson and Chandra Smith of stealing the election petition sheets that might have allowed her to qualify to run for re-election to her 3rd District seat in November.

In an Aug. 8 post, Wolf writes on the blog Northrichmondnews.com that “either the representative from the 2nd District [Dawson] and/or/both the representative from the 6th District [Chandra Smith], had both opportunity and motive to remove two full sheets [50 signatures] of signatures from the papers that I left unguarded during a Student Discipline Committee meeting.”

“I do not know for a stone-certain fact that either [or both] of my colleagues actually ate or otherwise removed the sheets,” Wolf writes. “I do know that they each had opportunity and motive and that the signatures somehow disappeared from that room that afternoon.”

The lack of those sheets, and Wolf's subsequent 11th-hour failure to secure enough of the required valid registered voter signatures on her petition sheets, resulted in her opponent, Norma H. Murdoch-Kitt, running unopposed in the 3rd District.

Wolf has previously indicated she's torn on whether to mount a formal write-in campaign, calling it cost-prohibitive. But she has publicly encouraged her constituents to write in her name on the ballot.

Neither Dawson nor Smith had returned calls for comment by press time. Both face their own November election challengers that observers say could pose serious threats to their incumbencies during a year when voters may be looking for a clean sweep of the School Board.

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