Grayeyes back on the ballot


Willie Grayeyes

Willie Grayeyes is back on the ballot for San Juan County (Utah) Commission after a federal judge found Tuesday that his opponent’s claim that he doesn’t live in the county wasn’t filed by deadline.

Attorneys for Grayeyes, the Democratic candidate for District 2 who was disqualified over residency issues, had accused the San Juan County clerk of deliberately backdating Grayeyes’ opponent’s claim against him to make it appear it was filed within the deadline when in fact it was not.

San Juan County Clerk/Auditor John David Nielson did not return a phone call by deadline.

In a memorandum filed in U.S. District Court for Utah last Friday, Grayeyes’ lawyers, Steven C. Boos and Maya Kane, claim Nielson actually admitted backdating Wendy Black’s pre-election challenge to Grayeyes’ right to vote in San Juan County, which the county used to disqualify Grayeyes from the election, by 27 days.

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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at