Disqualified Cascade candidate says had trouble filing

HELENA – A Libertarian candidate booted from the election for not filing all his paperwork on time said he asked the state to reconsider, but a state official said the decision stands.

Ron Vandevender, 59, a Cascade resident who filed to run for House District 80, was among the seven candidates disqualified for not filing business disclosure statements.

Vandevender blamed his bad luck on trouble with electronic filing, some by him and some by the state, saying he made several attempts to file. He said there were some instances in which he had a typo in the email address, but corrected it and still had trouble filing.