Corrie Houck was once a candidate for Denver City Council's second district — but the petition to get her name on the ballot contained some names of folks known for residing elsewhere.
Examples: Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, who are known to live on Sesame Street.
As for John Charles Whitehair, he doesn't live anywhere at present. He passed away on December 22, 2014, more than two months before Houck submitted his name on a petition — and his wife says he didn't sign it before going to his final reward.
These are among the assertions in a bizarre affidavit for Houck, who's currently wanted for forgery, perjury and more; it's on view below. An arrest warrant has been issued in Houck's name, but at this writing, there's been no announcement that she's been taken into custody.
In January 2015, Houck, whose Facebook page lists her employer as Denver Public Schools, used the social-media platform to share the reasons she wanted to become a Denver council member. Her item reads:
It is about community.
I have lived in Southwest Denver for over ten years. I live in a community where seniors have raised their families and their grandchildren come visit them, spending time in the amazing parks in our neighborhood. It is a community where working families are moving because of the affordability of homes, and the opportunity of quality schools for their children. Southwest Denver is a vibrant community in Denver, which is why I live here.
However, my community is often forgotten when looking at the bigger picture of development in Denver. This is why I am running for Denver City Council. Our families want a high quality of life. A community where we can flourish. Together, we can do more for Southwest Denver. We can ensure all of the amenities of a 21st Century neighborhood are realized.
As we start to visit our neighbors and talk with them about their dreams for our community, this campaign can use your help to continue to support them.
Can you donate $5, $10, $25, or $100 to keep us on track to make sure that Southwest Denver remains a neighborhood in which families can still be proud of?
Visit www.CorrieHouck.com to learn more about me and my campaign, volunteer or donate financially.
Only together can we do more for Southwest Denver. Help me preserve the values of my neighborhood.
Thank you for your continued support for the families in Southwest Denver.
By the way, the website listed above remains "under construction" at this writing.
Unfortunately for Houck, her campaign quickly ran into trouble, as evidenced by the following affidavit excerpt, penned by Denver Elections Division director Amber McReynolds:
On March 11, 2015 at approximately 3:20 p.m., Ms. HOUCK submitted six petitions to obtain placement on the 2015 Municipal General ballot for the position of City Council District 2.
Upon review of the submitted petitions, my office determined that more than half of the signatures submitted did not match the signatures on file for the voter. Additionally, it was discovered that 3 voters who allegedly signed the petition section were deceased and had been for some time. My office has included records of these deaths in our submission to the District Attorney's Office. Also of mention, Ms. HOUCK submitted a signature of the mother of one of our previous election judges. Because we have knowledge his mother is homebound and suffers from Alzheimer's disease, we contacted him, Lawton SHINSATO, to ask if he knew if his mother signed the petition. Mr. SHINSATO confirmed his mother was homebound the entire evening in his presence and did not sign the petition.
At this point, the case against Houck would seem to have been pretty much resolved. Yet the affidavit documents an investigator checking with a great many alleged petition signees, some of whom acknowledged that they weighed in on Houck's behalf, others who didn't.
However, the investigator wasn't able to contact Bert and Ernie, whose address was listed as Sesame Street in Los Angeles — and whose signature stated, "HAHAHA! FU!"
The same was true of Big Bird, listed at the same address with a signature that read, "Go F URSELF!"
He had more luck tracking down the wife of the late John Whitehair. Upon looking at the signature said to represent his wishes, she said it didn't match his handwriting.
She added that she "was upset as to why anyone would be using her or her husband's name on a petition in a fraudulent manner."
What does Houck have to say about all of this? The investigator visited her apartment in December, but although he heard a television playing on the other side of the door, no one answered — and neither did Houck call him back at the number listed on the card he left in his wake.
Hence, the Denver District Attorney's Office has formally charged Houck with one count of attempting to influence a public servant and six counts of forgery, all felonies, plus six misdemeanor counts of perjury. A warrant was also issued in her name.
Look below to see a Fox31 report about the allegations, followed by charging documents and the affidavit.
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