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'Super' Dell accused of violating election rules, even as he garners few votes

Published September 16, 2009 11:08 am

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"Super" Dell Schanze was escorted from a polling place Tuesday evening for electioneering too close to the building.

Cpl. Aaron Rosen, Saratoga Springs Police spokesman, said police were called to Saratoga Shores Elementary School where Schanze, a mayoral candidate, was campaigning just before polls closed.

"He was providing campaign information too close to a polling place, and he was bothering people standing in line," Rosen said. State law prohibits electioneering within 150 feet of a polling place.

Rosen said Schanze was escorted from the site. No charges were filed at this time, but Rosen said the city prosecutor will review the report to determine if Schanze will be cited.

Schanze, contacted Tuesday night, refused to discuss the matter. He finished third in Saratoga Springs' mayoral primary.

"Naturally, you wouldn't be talking about freedom and prosperity and righteousness and moving forward," Schanze said. "So when you're ready to talk about those things, give me a call."

In August, Schanze was found guilty in the city's Justice Court of three seat belt violations and reckless driving. He was sentenced to 10 days in the Utah County Jail, which he recently served. He was also fined $670 and given two years' unsupervised probation. He had been charged with illegally carrying a firearm in the car, but the charge was dropped because state law changed.

In 2006, he was acquitted of illegally brandishing a firearm when angry Draper residents confronted him and accused him of speeding through their neighborhood. He was found guilty of lying to police about the incident, was placed on one year's probation and fined $522.

That same year, Schanze pleaded no contest to committing a public nuisance after he buzzed traffic on Interstate 15 in an ultralight aircraft. He was fined $300, placed on probation for a year and ordered to undergo counseling.

Schanze finished with just 56 votes in his bid for Saratoga Springs mayor, well out of the running for a general election ballot slot.

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