Greg Nichols of Will County and Justin Robert Nudo of Kane County File Joint Objection
(McHenry County Blog NOTE: As Cal Skinner documented last week, A “Rite of Passage” for candidates begins filing their nomination petitions, and potentially facing a petition objection against their nominating petitions. It must be pointed out that any citizen has a 1st amendment right to object to any candidates’ petition.)
The only objection in the 14th congressional district Republican primary was filed Monday mid afternoon at 2:48PM CST in Springfield. Yesterday was the last day to file an objection to a petition for the March 17, 2020 primary election.
The co-objectors to Catalina Lauf’s nominating petitions are Gregory C. Nichols of Plainfield and Justin Robert Nudo of Pingree Grove.
The screenshot from the State Board of Elections website is below.
Here is the information McHenry County Blog has obtained about the two co-objectors to Lauf’s petition:
Greg Nichols: Serves as a Republican member of the Wheatland Township Board of Trustees, where he was appointed to serve the unexpired term of a trustee who resigned over the summer.
Prior to his township trustee appointment, Nichols served on the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District #202 Board of Education for two terms until spring of this year, when he did not seek reelection to a 3rd term. He served as the school board president in his final term.
Justin Robert Nudo: Ambiguous concerning this co-objector. The address given on the objection in Pingree Grove in Kane County did not have a voter registration for Mr. Nudo in the Kane County clerk’s voter registration, but unclear if an objector must be a registered voter at the address used to file the objection. Kane County property records shows the duplex at the address on the objection has been owned by a member of the Nudo family since 2015.
According to the State Board of Elections (SBE), neither of these two gentlemen formally requested to view Lauf’s petitions, but 12 people including a DC-based attorney, did. Clearly the co-objectors worked with someone else who did request to view Lauf’s petitions, which will be made clear as the SBE objection process plays out.
According to the SBE candidate’s guide for 2020:
“Within 24 hours of the receipt of the objector’s petition, the Chair of the State Board of Elections shall send a call, by registered or certified mail, to the objector and candidate whose Certificate of Nomination or nomination papers are objected to stating the day, hour and place at which the State Board of Elections shall meet to hear the objection. (10 ILCS 5/10-10)”Source: 2020 Candidates Guide from SBE, p. 18
Therefore, by 3PM CST on Tuesday, the next step will be formally communicated to the parties involved.
McHenry County Blog will update information on the Lauf objection as information becomes available.