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County board candidates face petition challenges : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
County board candidates face petition challenges
Hearing on objections filed by Yorkville residents next Monday

by Tony Scott


Two Yorkville residents have filed formal objections to three Kendall County Board candidates' petitions for spots on the March 18 Republican Party primary ballot.

Those objecting to the petitions had until the end of the day Monday to file objections with the County Clerk's Office.

Robert Allen, of 511 Blaine Street in Yorkville, and Todd Milliron, of 61 Cotswold Drive in Yorkville, each filed objections Monday to petitions of former board member Robert "HD" Davidson of Plano, Yorkville Alderman Chris Funkhouser, and Plano resident Rick Trevino.

In Milliron's objection to Davidson's petitions, he states that all the pages of Davidson's petitions say the primary election is in 2013, rather than 2014. Also, Davidson attached his petition pages with a binder clip, rather than with staples.

In Allen's objection to Davidson's petitions, he also points out the alleged incorrect date and the failure to staple the pages. He also says the incorrect County Board district is listed on the petitions. Also, he states that portions of some petition pages were deleted and that a required Statement of Deletion was not included in Davidson's petition packet.

Milliron objected to Funkhouser's petitions because they were "not neatly fastened together in book form and were not fastened together in a secure and suitable manner." Specifically, he says the petitions were paperclipped.

Allen objected to Funkhouser's petitions because they were not stapled, and that Funkhouser did not list the City of Yorkville as his employer, since he is an alderman.

Milliron lists more than a dozen points in his objection to Trevino's petition, which include the charge that 18 signatures on his petitions are "not genuine," and 15 signatures are not those of registered voters. Also, he writes that some of the signatures on Trevino's petitions are not valid because they were printed, rather than signed, or that they weren't notarized properly. He also charges that Trevino does not specify the office he's seeking on several documents.

Allen's objection to Trevino's petition states that "the P-10 form used to collect signatures by Mr. Trevino is the incorrect form for this election. The form which Mr. Trevino uses does not include the district which the petition is relevant. The signers could not authentically state that they are qualified electors of a district if the district is not listed on the petition as required by law."

Also, Allen states on his objection that the Statement of Economic Interest filed with his petition "does not include the office or position of employment for which the statement of Mr. Trevino is filed."

Hearings on the objections are slated for next Monday, Dec. 16, at 9 a.m. at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

Challenges to state
candidacy petitions filed

Objections were also filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections Monday regarding two candidates for local General Assembly races. Both races are in Republican Party primaries next March.

Keith Becker, 700 W. Sycamore St. in Millington, and Charles H. Walton, 73 Stainfield Dr. in Plano, filed objections to the candidacy of Ron Severson in the 75th State House District race.

Severson, the Grundy County Board chairman, is opposing incumbent state Rep. John D. Anthony, R-Plainfield, who was appointed to the post in August after Pam Roth resigned to move out of state with her family.

Also, Timothy John Reeves, 7630B Route 34 in Oswego, filed an objection to the candidacy of Beth Goncher of Aurora in the 50th State House District race. Goncher is running against Keith Wheeler and Julie Cosimo, both of Oswego, in that Republican primary. In her election filing, Cosimo gave an address identical to Reeves.

The winner of the race will replace retiring state Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville.

The dates of hearings related to those candidacy challenges have yet to be announced.

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