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Former county board member, alderman survive ballot challenges : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Former county board member, alderman survive ballot challenges
by Tony Scott


A former Kendall County Board member and a Yorkville alderman survived challenges to their candidacy petitions and will remain on the March ballot, while a newcomer has been booted off because of errors.

An electoral board consisting of State’s Attorney Eric Weis, County Clerk Debbie Gillette and Circuit Court Clerk Becky Morganegg ruled unanimously on the candidates at a hearing Monday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

Yorkville residents Robert Allen and Todd Milliron filed objections Dec. 9 to the petitions filed by County Board candidates Robert “H.D.” Davidson of Plano, Rick Trevino of Plano, and Chris Funkhouser of Yorkville. Davidson lost his board seat in the November 2012 election. Funkhouser is currently a Yorkville alderman.

The electoral board ruled that Davidson and Funkhouser would remain on the ballot, while Trevino would not.

The board heard arguments regarding the objections at a five-and-a-half-hour-long hearing on Dec. 16.

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.”

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