Election Commission Deliberates Challenge

Election Commission Deliberates Challenge

The Danville Board of Election Commission will take more time before deciding whether a city council member should be scratched from the February 26th Primary Election ballot.  The Commission held a hearing today (Tuesday) regarding the challenge to Ward 2 Alderman Rick Strebing’s candidacy petitions.   Strebing’s opponent, Jerry Hawker, is challenging Strebing’s petitions stating they contain the wrong date and were not properly stapled.

Hawker’s attorney introduced legal papers today about some other Illinois cases, but Strebing says some of those cases involve partisan politics.  And Strebing noted the Danville election is non-partisan.   Strebing also says he was merely following the directions given him by the Board of Election Commission office when he wrote the date April 2, 2019 on his petitions.  It is the date of the General Election and Hawker claims the petitions should have contained the date of the Primary Election.

Commissioners decided they wanted more time to review the matter before rendering their decision.  A decision on whether Strebing’s name will remain on the Primary Ballot, though, is expected by the end of the week.