Jack Franks Easily Withstands Write-In Challenge

Joe Rosner

No surprise there, of course.

The only write-in I can remember that succeeded was that of Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest B. Hare in 1973.

Homeowners for Hare put on a good campaign, which was opposed by the local Republican Party Establishment.

The Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee held a caucus that looked like a primary election. Polling places in Crystal Lake, Cary and Algonquin, as I remember.

All the ballots were brought to Crystal Lake Central High School for counting, which was not completed until maybe 3 AM.

The margin was close.

When Hare asked the judges if they thought the results were correct, he didn’t get a resounding “Yes.”

No recount was allowed and incumbent Hare ran a write-in campaign.

He posted an overwhelming victory, probably in the 2-1 range.

Joe Rosner, who put forth his name so Democrat Jack Franks would not run opponent-free, refused to take campaign contributions, so his exposure to potential voters was limited.

Still there were 1,001 write-in votes.

Under the relatively new election rules, votes for only registered write-in candidates can be counted.

Rosner received 296 of the 1,001 write-in votes cast.

Others were cast for 2010 Franks’ opponent John O’Neill, even though he was urging people to write-in Rosner.


Jack Franks Easily Withstands Write-In Challenge — 2 Comments

  1. OK Joe Rosner, Tonya Franklin, Melissa Denkar and anyone else who did not want State Representative Jack Franks to get a free ride into an 8th term this year.

    State representative terms are only 2 years, and primary petitions will need to be filed NEXT November for the 2014 Republican primary election on March 18th, 2014.

    Regardless if Franks decides to run for election again in 2014, or will seek a statewide office or something else in 2014, if anyone is serious about running for the 63rd district in 2014, NOW is the time to begin planning your campaign.

    You don’t have to wait until after the Township elections in February and April, you really want to go to Springfield, now is the time to begin planning your moves and begin “exploring” the option, and raising money through an “exploratory committee”.

    Hey, there are already 3 Sheriff’s candidates announced and campaigning activitely for the March 18th, 2014 primary.

    Others can do the same.

    Go get ’em!

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