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The Municipal Officers Electoral Board of the City of Crystal Lake is meeting tonight at 7:30 to decide whether the three incumbent City Council members get a free ride to another four years in office.
At issue is whether challenged Robert S. Miller made petition filing mistakes sufficient to knock him off the ballot.
Those petitioning to take challenger Robert S. Miller off the ballot are current Council members
- Ellen Brady
- Cathy Ferguson
- Brett Hopkins
They used the same strategy successfully four years ago.
Miller’s wife Dianne wrote two comments on McHenry County Blog:
The first on Friday:
The gang of three are at it again! (Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson)
My husband Robert Miller, running for Crystal Lake City Council, properly filed his petitions and supporting documentation.
He opened an email from the attorney for the Electoral Board this morning 12-7-18
(sent last night 12-6-18) saying his paperwork is being challenged.
The hearing is scheduled for Monday night 12-10-18.
Such short notice!
They are objecting saying
1 – he didn’t properly word what office he was running for and
2 – that his statement of economic interest was filed late (due to the county offices being closed because of the blizzard!)
They are nit picking yet again!!
What are these people so scared of?
I guess this group, that has been friends since high school doesn’t want their controlling “clique” to be broken by an honest citizen.
Mr. Miller had three times the petition signatures of Hopkins, Brady or Ferguson!
It’s time for this kind of politics to stop in Crystal Lake!
Easier to nit pick petitions than to spend money on an election and have to discuss the issues that are important to the citizens of Crystal Lake.
Shame on you all!!
The second on Saturday:
Do you care about fairness in Crystal Lake City Government?
How about having your voice heard?
Being able to actually VOTE for your choice for the members of the City Council?
Please join us at the City of Crystal Lake Electoral Board hearing MONDAY DECEMBER 10th 7:30 pm at City Hall.
Current City Council members Hopkins, Brady and Ferguson are objecting to nominating petitions that were filed by Robert S. Miller.
This is a blatant attempt to get rid of any competition and retain their seats for
4 more years without having an election.
No need to spend any money or debate the issues.
This also keeps YOU from being able to VOTE and choose your representatives!
Please join us and let the Electoral Board hear from YOU!
Help us keep Robert S. Miller on the ballot!
Members of the Electoral Board which will decide the electoral fate of Council candidate Miller are
- Mayor Arron Shepley
- City Clerk Kachiroubas
- Councilman Ralph Dawson
Four years ago, the same technique was used to eliminate ballot competition for Shepley and the same three Council candidates.
You can read the results by clicking the article from December 11, 2014 below:
Shasha Chadwick was knocked off the ballot for Mayor and for City Council Jim Tomasello and Jeremy Krick.
Chadwick subsequently ran as a write-in candidate for Mayor.
CPA Sascha Chadwick received 997 votes.
Four-term incumbent Mayor Aaron Shepley got 2,428.
Four years ago, with no opponent, Shepley received 1,449 votes.