And then there were four.
Desert Hot Springs city hall today confirmed that Steven Kong — a political newcomer who made news as part of the Occupy Coachella Valley movement – failed to qualify for the ballot.
It means the Desert Hot Springs council race boils down to four candidates: Mayor Pro Tem Scott Matas; Councilwoman Jan Pye; challenger Joe McKee, who has served on several city committees; and challenger Robert Bentley, who has run for council and mayor before.
In Desert Hot Springs, council candidates needed to submit 20 valid voter signatures before last Friday.
Kong had already launched a website and, just last week, told The Desert Sun that he was “ just getting started on the path to win.”
“The turmoil on the city council must end,” he wrote in an email. “We have to all focus on the issues. And we must solve the problems in our city.”