In 1914, Jamestown Mayor Carlson, who announced himself as the non-partisan candidate for mayor and who for the past year or two had been a supporter of the Progressive Party, was now partly back in the Republican fold. His friends had prepared a petition to place his name on the official ballot to be voted at the caucuses in March. To accomplish this, it was necessary to change local party rules. A meeting of the Republican city committee was held and it was decided that involuntary petitions could be filed. This meant that a fellow's friends could file a petition for him regardless of his own political beliefs. It was designed for the purpose of letting the mayor in the Republican caucus.