State senate candidate and McHenry County Board Member John Reinert took to Facebook to announce he was withdrawing from his Illinois State Senate bid. If true this opens the path for fellow McHenry County Board Member Craig Wilcox. You can read his statement below:
After much thought and reflection, I have decided to withdraw from the race for the 32nd Illinois Senate District.
I want to thank all of my friends and supporters throughout the 32nd Senate District who believed in me and helped my campaign. I was truly looking forward to a campaign that would give the people of Lake and McHenry counties a choice in the primary election, and I am disappointed in being denied the honor of taking my message to the voters.
To be blunt, my campaign was dealt a devastating blow by a company in which I misplaced my trust.
My supporters helped me collect more than 1,100 signatures from the people of Lake and McHenry Counties. In early November, my advisors suggested hiring an outside firm to collect additional signatures to be safe.
We submitted 2,000 signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections – more than double the needed amount. However, almost all of the petitions generated by this company did not meet state guidelines and were rejected, and my campaign therefore no longer has the minimum number of signatures required to be on the March Republican primary ballot.
I put my trust in a company that was dishonest, to say the least. It was hired to help my campaign, but instead sabotaged it. While I fully intend to seek legal justice from these individuals who grievously damaged my campaign, I cannot honestly and with integrity defend their dishonest actions in an effort to stay on the ballot.