Ballot Confusion: Candidates Share Same Name 7-21-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Ballot Confusion: Candidates Share Same Name 7-21-2010

In the upcoming August primary, there could be a bit of confusion at the polls.
Wednesday, TV5 reporter Julie Banovic met two different men with one big thing in common -- their names.
Both men are David B. Robertson, one with the middle name Bruce and the other Byers.
They both live in Genesee County and both are running for a political office at the same time.
“[I’m] running for the state Senate in the 26th Senate District,” said David Byers Robertson.
“I'm running for the county commission, 8th District,” said the other David Bruce Robertson.
And the similarities continue, as both men are Republicans and they’ve actually met before.
About 20 years ago, David Byers Robertson was elected to the state House of Representatives, while the other David unknowingly moved into his district from Ohio.
“Dave is very good natured about it,” said David Byers Robertson. “Because during my service in office, he would get phone calls at his home asking for me."
“We probably, at that time, got maybe one, two calls a week,” said David Bruce Robertson.
"And he would keep my phone number next to his phone and send them to me,” said David Byers Robertson. "Well, nobody every yelled at me about anything,” joked David Bruce Robertson.
Both have been active in the Republican Party for almost two decades, but this is the first time David Bruce Robertson is running for an elected position. "If the circumstance or coincidence of our names can help us out, then I think it's great,” he said.
Both names will appear on the same ballot in the August primary only when their districts overlap in Mt. Morris, Vienna Township, and Mt. Morris Township.
"You can never have too many Dave Robertsons as long as they're Republicans, right?" Byers
That will be for the voters to decide.
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