AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 In the interest of the public, state officials should do what it takes to extend the filing period and set this right, even if that means an emergency measure by the state Legislature. If not, that means Gallegly’s name will be the only one recognizable on the ballot and will likely win. Then, taxpayers will have to foot the bill for a special election. This was a messy exit for Gallegly, who no doubt hoped to continue to campaign and serve more years in the Congress. But it’s one that’s easy to clean up. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ventura County Congressman Elton Gallegly’s withdrawal from the 24th District race last Friday was a clumsy affair. And unless state officials take action, this bumbling could rob voters in his district of fair representation. After two decades in the congressional seat, Gallegly unexpectedly withdrew from the race on the last day for candidates to file for the June primary. Gallegly said he waited until the last minute to see if his health problems would be resolved after getting assurances from the county clerk that the filing period would be extended if he opted out. Turns out, that was a mistake. County Clerk Philip Schmit admitted the error, clearing Gallegly of motivations of thwarting his potential opponents. To his credit, Gallegly is trying to reverse the error by lobbying state officials to extend the deadline. He even hinted he might return to the race if the extension isn’t granted. That’s no real solution. If Gallegly’s sick enough to warrant this withdrawal, then he might very well have to leave before his term is over.