Iain Abernathy apparently signed the paperwork to make himself the Green Party candidate for congress in the 8th congressional district against incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean and Republican challenger Steve Greenberg.
Nothing too strange about that, except state law says the nominating committee shall be made up of elected precinct committeemen.
While the Green Party had elected precinct committeemen in McHenry County, the Greens apparently had none in Lake County.
The State Board of Elections, which is evenly divided between the two power parties, decided that Abernathy could not be on the ballot this fall.
“The nominating committee which selected candidate Iain Abernathy was not properly constituted as the candidate, who was not a lawful member of the 8th District Congressional Committee, participated in and voted at the meeting of said Congressional Committee thereby tainting the decision of the Committee,”
the ruling said.
The board’s conclusion:
“As a result of the unlawful composition and conduct of the meeting referred to in paragraph A., the Resolution to Fill the Vacancy in Nomination that was executed at said meeting and filed with the State Board of Elections is not valid.”
Abernathy began the election cycle as Bill Scheurer’s Moderate Party candidate Abernathy Taints His Own Nomination for Congress for congress in the 8th. Then Scheurer urged Moderate Party members to join the Green Party.
Next, the Greens announced the slating of Abernathy. This candidacy was challenged Gregory Ferritto by Waukegan’s Gregory Ferritto.
Abernathy can appeal the election board decision in court.
Abernathy’s attorney was Scott Summers, who is the Green Party candidate for congress in the neighboring 16th congressional district. Summers’ Green Party slating was not challenged, although a Barrington Hills contributor of Democratic Party candidate and Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud did so successfully after Summers filed petition signatures for the Green Party primary election.