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State board upholds Dee Beaubien's challenged candidacy

The Independent candidate for the 52nd House District will remain on the November election ballot as a result of an Illinois State Board of Elections ruling Monday.

The election board unanimously voted to keep Dee Beaubien’s name on the ballot after an objection against her candidacy from Republican opponent David McSweeney. The Barrington Hills Republican has said he would appeal the board's decision.

McSweeney has argued that Beaubien should not be able to run as an independent because she signed two petitions for the March primary for two Republican candidates in Lake County.

“I refused to let his objection distract me from what is important, tackling the problems facing Illinois,” Beaubien said in a news release. “I hope that he is ready to move on from his tactic of politics as usual and end his senseless appeals so we can have a spirited debate on the issues.”

Beaubien announced her intention to run against McSweeney in April. Her late husband and longtime state representative, Mark Beaubien, died unexpectedly in June 2011 while attending a GOP event.

Former state GOP budget director Kent Gaffney was selected to finish out Mark Beaubien's term and run for election, but McSweeney – a Barrington Hills financial consultant – defeated him and candidate Danielle Rowe in the March Republican primary.

McSweeney also filed challenges to Gaffney and Rowe’s petitions. He dropped his challenge against Rowe, and the election board dismissed his challenge against Gaffney.

In a statement, McSweeney said he was disappointed in the elections board's decision.

"I respect the ISBE, but still believe that Dee is not qualified to run as an independent this general election cycle because she signed two primary petitions," McSweeney said. "Therefore, we have decided to appeal the decision to the Illinois Courts.  I ultimately think that our position will be upheld. However, if Dee does stay on the ballot, I'm confident that the voters of this area will reject the (Michael) Madigan/Beaubien policies of higher taxes and more debt."

Under post-census redistricting, the 52nd House District will cover southeastern McHenry County, including Cary and Fox River Grove, eastern Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake, and parts of Lake, Cook and Kane counties.

– Reporter Stephen Di Benedetto contributed to this report

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