Protester fails to qualify for Temecula City Council election

Denton Burr failed to receive the requisite number of signatures to get on the ballot

Denton Burr, who has said he helped organize Black Lives Matter protests at the Temecula Duck Pond and a march to Temecula City Hall, has failed to qualify to run for a Temecula City Council seat. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

A protester who two months ago announced his intention to run for Temecula City Council has failed to qualify for the November ballot, Valley News has confirmed.

Denton Burr, a Temecula resident in his 20s who has said he helped organize weeks of protests at the Temecula Duck Pond against the death of George Floyd and police brutality, fell short of the number of signatures required to run for city council.

Per California Elections Code, city council candidates in cities of 1,000 registered voters or more must submit signatures from no fewer than 20, but no more than 30, voters to qualify for the ballot.

According to information from the Temecula City Clerk’s office, Burr submitted 10 valid signatures on his original nomination paperwork and nine valid signatures on his supplemental paperwork, missing the cutoff by one signature.

Burr responded to a request for comment with a short statement: “as long as one person was inspired we didn’t lose.”

Burr’s campaign Instagram page still listed him as a candidate for Temecula City Council District 2 as of Aug. 14. He first announced that he planned to run for the seat in early June.

Temecula Councilman Mike Naggar, who has represented the city at-large since 1999 but would have been running in District 2 for the first time this year after the implementation of city council districts three years ago, announced later in June that he would not seek re-election.

Three candidates have qualified to run for the District 2 council seat: Jessica Alexander, Andy Black and Alisha Wilkins.

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11 a.m. Thursday: This story was updated with a statement from Burr.