Peickert ousted, English persists on ballot
Two candidates recently saw divergent results when DuPage County’s Election Commission ruled that Christopher English would remain on the ballot for circuit court clerk while rejecting Kali Morgan Peickert’s bid for DuPage’s Forest Preserve District.
English and Peickert, both Democrats, had tentatively picked up their respective spots via petition. The Commission overruled complaints by former State Rep. Dennis Reboletti over flaws in the selection process regarding English, giving the Darien resident the green light to pursue office.
Reboletti had argued that English’s paperwork was faulty, claiming it did not specify the position correctly. He also declared that a large proportion of signatures were invalid, saying that the signers were not registered voters of DuPage County, and that the committee in question was a court-related group rather than affiliated with the local political party.
“[The committeemen] were stripped of their right … by the failure of the purported committee to following the requirements of the election code,” Reboletti said. The Election Commission overruled the his assertion, allowing English to continue campaigning.
Peickert’s candidacy did not stand up to scrutiny, instead succumbing to a separate complaint by Michael Ledonne of Lombard and Ronald Euliano of Elmhurst claiming that her nomination was invalid due to the office she was seeking — a place on Forest Preserve District 2’s board — contending that the nominating committee did not have the power to recommend forest preserve commissioners. In Peickert’s case the Commission agreed with the constituents filing the complaint.
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