FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2021
Former Mayor Betty Chu Sues California Secretary of State
Seeks Court Order to List Larry Elder as Candidate in Recall Election
Los Angeles, CA – July 20, 2021 – Private citizen Betty Chu, former mayor and two-term city council member of Monterey Park, California, filed suit today against California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber to protect Chu’s right to vote for candidate Larry Elder in the special recall election for governor scheduled for September 14, 2021.
Secretary Weber’s current decision to disqualify Elder as a candidate—ostensibly over redaction issues with tax returns filed with his candidacy application—violates Chu’s constitutional right to representative government and is a clear violation of California’s election code, according to Chu’s legal filings.
Chu argues that the law requiring candidates to file tax returns applies only in direct primary elections, not in this recall election.
“Larry Elder has fought for the constitutional rights of all Californians. He is running for governor to save California and to protect Californians,” said Chu. “My lawsuit is to protect the constitutional rights of all Californians to vote for a qualified candidate who is being kept off the ballot contrary to state law.”