"I should definitely be successful in court," said Devon Cade, a former Licenses and Inspections employee. He said he used artificial intelligence to analyze the signatures of his competitors.
"My analysis that came out was that most of them were not authentic, were not genuine," he said.
"Once I got a copy of everyone’s filed petitions, I had it evaluated and looked at and it gave me a very, very accurate read out," he noted, "and that’s when I put the challenge in."
There were 17 other ballot challenges also to be decided, including challenges to five of the at-large candidates; three city commissioner candidates; to incumbent Register of Wills Ron Donatucci; and to several district candidates, notably City Council President Darrell Clarke.
The ballot position lottery goes on, regardless of challenges. The challenges will be heard by common pleas judges beginning Monday. Cade said he’ll ask for judges outside the jurisdiction, since he used to be a city employee.