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Electoral board hears candidate petition challenges : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Electoral board hears candidate petition challenges
Objectors seek to knock two county board candidates off GOP ballot

by Matt Schury


The Kendall County Electoral Board is considering evidence after they held a hearing Dec. 16 on two challenges to Kendall County Board candidates' petitions in the March 18 Republican primary election ballot.

The board is slated to meet again on Monday, Dec. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

County Clerk Debbie Gillette, the board's chairman, said this week they heard arguments and were presented with evidence from the two challengers--Robert Allen and Todd Milliron, both of Yorkville.

She reported that the board is now considering the evidence presented by the two residents, each objecting to petitions filed by former board member Bob "H.D." Davidson of Plano, Yorkville Alderman Chris Funkhouser, and Plano resident Rick Trevino.

The hearing lasted about five and one half hours, according to Gillette. Once a decision is made, the objectors will have the opportunity to appeal to a trial court and from there possibly an Appellate Court, State Attorney Eric Weis said.

The board hearing the objections included Weis, Circuit Clerk Becky Morganegg as well as Gillette.

Weis said witnesses were called and evidence was presented by both sides.

Funkhouser requested that Gillette recuse herself from the case since she was the one who accepted his petition and he wanted to call her as a witness. County Treasurer Jill Ferko replaced Gillette on the board for Funkhouser's case with Weis voted as chairman, according to the board's secretary Rennetta Mickelson.

Davidson appeared before the board with his attorney and Funkhouser appeared representing himself. Trevino did not attend the hearing, according to Weis.

Milliron appeared with an attorney but Allen chose to represent himself.

Both Milliron and Allen objected to Davidson's petitions, which list the year for the primary as 2013 instead of 2014. Also, they objected to Davidson using fastening the petition pages with a binder clip rather than staples.

Allen also points out in his objection that some of Davidson's petition pages were deleted and that a required Statement of Deletion was not included in Davidson's petition.

The two objected to Funkhouser's petitions because they say they were also not fastened correctly. Allen also objected to Funkhouser for not listing the City of Yorkville as his employer.

In his objection to Trevino's petition, Milliron says 18 signatures are not genuine residents and 15 are not registered voters.

He also says some of the signature are invalid on Trevino's petition since they were printed and not signed or not notarized. He also charges that Trevino does not specify the office he's seeking on several documents.

Allen says in his objection that Trevino used the wrong form to gather signatures and does not include the district to which the petition is relevant.

Weis said next week's meeting would most likely include an executive session closed to the public. A decision could come out of next week's meeting but could take "five minutes or two hours" to arrive at, Weis said.

He added that the board hadn't yet start discussing but deadlines loomed for printing ballots. But Weis cautioned the board wouldn't rush a decision.

"I want to be fair to everybody, too," he said.

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