John Heisler has filed the required Statements of Economic Interest with the County Clerk for twenty years, but, with his mother dying in hospice care, he didn’t remember to attach a copy of the receipt to his Statement of Candidacy and petitions.
That got him kicked off the ballot Thursday by the Nunda Township Electoral Board.
The Board consisted of Trustee Tom Palmer, who chaired the meeting, Trustee Jim Schlader and former Assistant State’s Attorney David Stone, a Nunda Township resident.
Nunda Township resident Russell Scott, a McHenry resident, bought the complaint against Heisler in a professionally-prepared legal document.
When asked to testify, Scott said, he was “just going over the paperwork and I didn’t think it met the requirements of the State Board of Elections.”
When asked he said he stood on the arguments made in the objection that he filed.
“No one is here on behalf of the candidate,” attorney Scott Puma then announced.
“The objection is basically one of a legal question,” Electoral Board member Stone, an attorney, explained.
The Election Code requires a receipt from the candidate’s Statement of Economic interest to be attached to the petition filing.
Stone noted that the objected had cited three cases “which basically cover every conceivable situation.”
And, their message was that the attachment was a “mandatory requirement.”
“I’m of the opinion that the candidacy of John A. Heisler is invalid,” Stone concluded.
Schlader said he had a copy of from the County Clerk and asked, “Does it have to be attached?”
He said the copy had been “left in his box.”
Stone asked whether he got the copy before or after the filing and Palmer answered, “Well after.”
“I also declare that his petition package is invalid,” Schlader said.
Stone then made a motion to take Heisler off the ballot.
Puma produced a resolution which the Electoral Board members read the document (that’s what the members are doing in the photo above).
After reading it and making a minor correction, the Board adopted the resolution unanimously.
That means the following candidates will be on the ballot for Nunda Township Supervisor:
- Bridgett Provenzano (current Township Clerk and wife of County Board member Nick Provenzano)
- Kelvin Lee Jennings (current Trustee)
- Kerry Leigh (Oakwood Hills Trustee)