Elections have several phases.
First there is the intimidation phase.
When opponents or potential opponents hear that one is running for office, they enlist people whom they think can influence you to call or meet with you to convince you that running would be a bad idea.
After that comes the the petition challenge.
This year there are issues with Statements of Candidacy in all three townships holding a Republican Pimary Election on February 28th.
It seems that there was a problem.
McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan posted Statements of Candidacy, but some candidates had a poblem getting the correct one, assuming that it was even on her web iste.
Take Grafton Township Clerk candidate Dina Frigo.
I searched the document for some place that Frigo said she was running in the Republican Party primary, but can’t find it. The form does contain the date of the GOP Primary, so maybe that is good enough.
Frigo’s opponent is Kathleen Watson.
Her Statement of Candidacy is below:
Watson’s form asks that her “name be placed upon the official Republican primary ballot for nomination/election for such office.”
Would a challenge knock Frigo off the ballot?
If some citizen filed a challenge, the Grafton Township Electoral Board would be convened.
It would consist of the Township Supervisor, the Township Clerk and the senior Township Trustee.
Any decision could be appealed to the McHenry County Circuit Clerk.
In Nunda Township the slate running with incumbent Township Supervisor Lee Jennings (Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance, Assessor candideate Justin Franzke, Clerk candidate Joni Smith, Trustee candidates Ed Dvorak, Karen Tynis, William Boltz and Debra Halth) all filed the form you see below:
It says they “have been selected to fill a vacancy in nomination for the office of ________.”
That clearly is not the case, because candidate selection is the role that the Republican Primary Election plays.
Compare Jennings’ Statement of Candidacy with that of opponent Mike Walkup, which is below:
Walkup’s form asks that his “name be placed upon the official Republican primary ballot for nomination/election for such office.”
Cate Williams filed on the same form as Walkup.
Asked to comment, Jennings emailed the following:
Regarding the statement of candidacy, yes, our slate has inadvertently used the incorrect form that was downloaded from the county clerk’s web page.
Both our County Clerk and the State Board of Elections have told us that this is not a fatal flaw as it contains the same pertinent information and would not prohibit us from being in the primary even if an objection is filed.
There has also already been some cases where this has gone to court and the objection failed.
I am hoping the other candidates will realize that this would be an expensive and unnecessary cost for the township to bear and would instead opt for a fair and open election process.
In Algonquin Township, Trustee candidate Rachael Lawrence looked at the Statements of Candidate and concluded the following:
The following candidates used incorrect forms:
Charles A. Lutzow (Supervisor)
Richard Alexander (Assessor)
Bob Miller (Hwy Comm.)
Melissa Sanchez-Fisher (Clerk)
Karen Lukasik (Clerk)
Dan Shea (Trustee)
David Chapman (Trustee)
Melissa L. Victor (Trustee)
Terence G. Ferenc (Trustee)
The only candidates who used the proper form were:
Ellen M. Brady (Supervisor)
Andrew Gasser (Hwy Comm.)
Myself, Rachael Lawrence (Trustee)
Scott Taillet (Trustee)
Russell Cardelli (Trustee)