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Petition challenges dropped in two Republican races : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Petition challenges dropped in two Republican races
Anthony to face Grundy Co. Board leader

by Tony Scott

1/2/2014

Two objections filed against candidates in local state legislative races in the March 18 Republican Party primary have been dropped, the candidates said this week.

State Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, whose opponent's candidacy petition signatures were challenged by the Illinois House Republican Organization, has asked the HRO to drop the challenge, which the organization has agreed to do.

Anthony was appointed to the 75th State House District seat in August following the resignation of Pam Roth as she moved with her family to Texas.

Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson of Morris has filed as an opponent to Anthony in the primary election. He is Anthony's lone opponent in the primary. Martha Shugart of Morris is running as a Democrat.

Shortly after the candidacy paperwork was filed, residents Keith Becker of Millington and Charles H. Walton of Plano filed objections to Severson's petitions. State Board of Elections records show that, in addition to Severson, the only person to review Severson's petitions was a John Fogarty of Chicago.

Fogarty is the general counsel of the Illinois Republican Party, according to his biography on his law firm's website.

In a prepared statement, Anthony said that he "welcomed a primary challenge and never asked for his opponent's petitions to be challenged."

"I believe that healthy competition is good for our elections and people should be able to run for public office if they so choose," Anthony said. "I have asked HRO to drop the challenge to my opponent's petitions and they have agreed to do so."

Joe Woodward, political director of the HRO, confirmed this week that the organization dropped the challenge at Anthony's request.

"It was his (Anthony's) wish to withdraw the objection," Woodward said. "Our objection was reasonable, but we also listen to our members."



Oswego resident withdraws
Goncher petition objections


Also, resident John Reeves of Oswego decided to drop his objection to candidacy petitions of Beth Goncher.

Goncher, an Aurora resident, is running in the Republican primary in the 50th State House District to replace retiring state Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville. She is in a field with three other GOP candidates in the primary: William Keck of Sugar Grove, Keith Wheeler of Oswego, and Julie Cosimo of Oswego.

Reeves had filed a challenge to Goncher's petitions, but last Friday said he was dropping the objection. Goncher said she had received a call from Reeves' attorney confirming that information.





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