Thursday, January 5, 2012

Third Incumbent Could Be Tossed Off Ballot - Chicago News Cooperative

According to this article 21st Ward Ald. Howard Brookins is in trouble...
Brookins, who is running for re-election as the Democratic committeeman of the 21st Ward, may not have enough signatures to remain on the ballot after his nominating petitions were challenged and a preliminary review by officials at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners found some signatures invalid, according to Jim Allen, a spokesman for the board. If the preliminary results stand, Brookins would be about 100 signatures shy of the 939 that he is required to collect from registered voters in the ward.

Brookins said he would challenge the preliminary examination and seek affidavits from at least 125 people whose signatures were removed.

“It’s not over,” he said. “I anticipate on being on the ballot.”

The objection was filed by Bruce Crosby, who said he supports Brookins’ opponent, Vernita McClinton-Farmer. Crosby’s objection alleges numerous irregularities with Brookins’ petitions, including that signatures were forged, signers were not registered to vote at their listed addresses and that signers were not residents of the 21st Ward.

Brookins is running against Vernita McClinton-Farmer, whose own nomination petitions are being challenged for not having enough valid signatures. Brookins said he believes McClinton-Farmer is 117 signatures short of the requirement. The objection to McClinton-Farmer was filed by Mae Amos, whom Brookins said supports his campaign. McClinton-Farmer did not respond to requests for comment.

Allen said a hearing will be held on Friday to discuss the preliminary examination of Brookins’ petitions.

Brookins is being represented by veteran election law attorney Burt Odelson, who led the residency challenge to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s candidacy.
 Not that this has much to do with this particular subject. Let's remember that Brookins is chairman of the city council Black Caucus. And to connect this with the next excerpt the ward remap (both the Black and Latino Caucus' proposals) could affect 15th ward Ald. Toni Foulks who was also running for ward committeeman there, however...

Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) withdrew from the committeeman’s race in her ward after her nomination petitions were challenged for not having enough valid signatures. A hearing officer for the board of elections recommended that Ald. Rey Colon, the incumbent 35th Ward Democratic committeeman, be removed from the ballot because of insufficient signatures.*
Raymond Lopez, who lost to Foulkes in last year’s aldermanic election, will run unopposed for 15th Ward Democratic ward committeeman.
What is going on in these races? Why can't these incumbents insure that they have enough petition signatures to even stay on the ballot?

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