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A move outside ward puts Marengo candidate's campaign on hold

MARENGO – Entering the final campaign stretch, Marengo aldermanic candidate Peter Hunt has yet to post a sign in the city's fourth ward or knock on a single voter's door.

The lack of effort isn't apathy. It's because Hunt doesn't think he should be actively campaigning for a Ward Four seat that he would only have to forgo, if elected.

After the deadline to withdraw had passed, Hunt placed a bid on a new house in Marengo that is located one block east of the city's ward boundary. He is expected to close on the house this week.

But he couldn't withdraw from the competitive ward race, since the April 7 ballots were already printed. Although his name will still appear on the ballot, Hunt has been telling supporters that he cannot accept the city's Oath of Office if elected.

"I am very disappointed," Hunt said. "It breaks my heart because it was a golden opportunity, but I can't change the fact that my wife and I fell in love with a house one block outside of the ward."

A Marengo resident for the last nine years, Hunt decided to launch his first-time candidacy after following the news about Marengo's western annexation plan near Ward 4 and the pollution concerns surrounding it.

He is officially competing against first-time candidates Dale Eeg and Brett Martin for one seat on the City Council.

Another race in McHenry County faces a similar ballot issue.

McHenry resident Erin Harris' name will still appear on the ballot for the McHenry High School District 156 Board, even though she intended to withdraw after her son was diagnosed with cancer. Harris made the decision after the withdraw deadline.

If Marengo voters do elect Hunt to the Ward 4 seat, Hunt can't accept the nomination.

Mayor Don Lockhart would then have to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, said Deputy City Clerk Anna Leyrer.

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