State Election

Objections filed to petitions for local House, Senate districts

Candidates in both of McHenry County’s contested GOP primaries for the General Assembly are facing objections to their petitions.

David McSweeney, running for the 52nd House District against Rep. Kent Gaffney and Danielle Rowe, filed challenges Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections to disqualify their petitions. Chad Koppie, who dropped out of the race for the 33rd Senate District, challenged the candidacy of Craig Powers.

McSweeney’s challenge alleges that Gaffney, R-Lake Barrington, illegally used state government staff to circulate petitions, and that the true identities of the circulators were masked, making any signatures they collected ineligible, McSweeney, of Barrington Hills, said in a news release.

He alleges that many of Rowe’s signatures came from outside the 52nd District, and therefore don’t count.

“I have taken this step in order to sustain the
integrity of the petition process and to respect the high ethical standards that the people of the 52nd should expect from candidates and elected officials,” McSweeney wrote.

Gaffney’s campaign declined comment because they had not yet been served with a copy of the objection.

Rowe, of Island Lake, could not be reached for comment.

Republican leadership selected Gaffney earlier this year to fill the remaining term of Mark Beaubien, who died in June.

Under post-census redistricting, the 52nd House District covers parts of McHenry, Lake, Cook and Kane counties, including parts of Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Cary, Wauconda and Hoffman Estates.

Powers is one of three Republican candidates running for the 33rd Senate District, which covers parts of southeastern
McHenry and northern Kane counties, including parts of Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and Huntley. Also running are Cliff Surges and Karen McConnaughay.

A familiar face from the 2010 election, Sharon Ann Meroni, filed objections Monday against all three candidates for the 52nd District, as well as against 26th Senate District incumbent Dan Duffy, R-Lake Barrington, and Democratic challenger Amanda Howland. Meroni, of Barrington Hills, filed 32 objections in 2010 in an effort to get proof of their U.S. citizenship.


OUTBOX

Petition challenges

Fifty-second Illinois House District candidate David McSweeney filed challenges to knock his two Republican competitors out of the race.

Former 33rd Senate candidate Chad Koppie filed a challenge against the candidacy of GOP candidate Craig Powers.

A Barrington Hills woman who filed 32 objections in the 2010 election filed five against local Democratic and Republican candidates.

SOURCE: Illinois State Board of Elections.

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You can find the new General Assembly district maps for the 2012 election at www.ilsenateredistricting.com and www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting.

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