Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 11, 2020
Voters puzzled over 2 candidates with same name

Voters comparing Democratic and Republican party presidential primary ballots are wondering if the same man is running for president as both a Republican and a Democrat.

Listed on the Democratic party ballot for the presidential primary is Roque De La Fuente while the Republican ballot lists Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.

According to Tooele County Clerk Marilyn Gillette, after the Lt. Governor’s Office sent out the list of presidential candidates to be printed on ballots, nearly every county clerk called the office to ask about the mistake — the same person running in two different parties.

“The Lt. Governor’s Office said they are two different people,” she said.

According to filing documents, Democrat Roque De La Fuente III, used a post office box in Santa Fe, California, as his address. Republican Rocky De La Fuente used a San Diego address on his presidential candidate filing documents. 

Both candidates list different email addresses on their filing documents.

An opinion piece in the Dec. 6, 2019, Austin-American Statesman identifies Democrat Fuente III as the son of Republican Fuente.

Republican Fuente reportedly ran for president as a Democrat in 2016 and then filed as a primary candidate for U.S. Senate in nine states in 2018 — the U.S. Constitution only requires senators to be a resident of the state “when elected.” Presumably, if he won one or more of the primary races, he would have had time to move before being elected in the general election.

This all may be mute because according the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s website, Republican “Rocky” De La Fuente withdrew on Dec. 26, 2019.

 

 

Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature.A native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University, Tim became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America.

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