Thanks to commenter Mark for this angle on State Rep. Jack Franks continued refusal to remove his name from the ballot for a tenth term as State Representative while, at the same time, running for McHenry County Board Chairman:
As of right now the Illinois State Board of Election website indicates Jack Franks still has not withdrawn as a candidate for 63rd District State Representative position in the November 8, 2016, General Election.
Even though the press reported Sunday May 15, 2016, the day of a Democrat meeting at which Jack Franks was selected to run as McHenry County Board chair, that Jack Franks was withdrawing from the 63rd Democrat State Representative election aka won’t seek to retain that position aka relinquishing, etc.
There was a string attached to the withdrawal that was, at least initially, reported by one reporter at one internet only newspaper, Peter Gonigan of First Electric News (which serves Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, and Huntley), in one sentence.
“Later, in a First Electric Newspaper interview, Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”
To paraphrase Jack Franks would withdraw if the Democrats can find a candidate that he (in addition to the Democrats) believes is electable and whom he (in addition to Democrats) believes holds a political outlook consistent with his own.
Thus it’s a double qualifier.
The candidate must
* pass the scrutiny of the Democrat selection process
* Jack Franks’ scrutiny.
Jack Franks indicated he holds a lot of power in that selection process.
That same day, McHenry County Blog ran Pete Gonigam’s story, which said,
Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both “electable” and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.
Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.