I figured that local Republicans would challenge the petitions of Independent candidate for judge Sally Wiggins, but they didn’t.
Instead, the challenge came as one of many filed by Barrington Hills resident Sharon Ann Meroni.
Meroni is trying to make the point that boards of elections should require candidates to prove they are citizens before allowing them on the ballot.
After all, that is a requirement for running for office, I am sure she would argue.
So, Meroni filed many objections and McHenry County resident Wiggins ended up on her list.
State legislators had already made it difficult for independents to challenge power party candidates. In McHenry County, that translated into a requirement for 4,100 good signatures.
Wiggins turned in about 5,100.
I thought that would not be considered enough of a margin to keep McHenry County Republicans from filing a challenge.
The local GOP, however, kept its powder dry.
But Meroni didn’t.
Monday at 10, a hearing will be held by the McHenry County Officers’ Electoral Board to consider Meroni’s objection.
Wiggins says she has a birth certificate she is willing to share.
I imagine Meroni wishes that President Barack Obama would do the same.
Wiggins is the candidate pioneering the giveaway of roses at parades.