Election

Judicial candidate's petition gets OK from appellate court

McHenry County Judge Justin Hansen
McHenry County Judge Justin Hansen

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McHenry County Judge Justin Hansen's petition for candidacy is in compliance with state election codes, the Second District Appellate Court ruled Friday.

McHenry County Democratic Party Precinct Committeewoman Cindy Pilz filed an objection against Hansen's petition on Dec. 9 on the basis that Hansen incorrectly identified the seat for which is he seeking election.

Hansen took office Feb. 8, 2019, after the the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to fill the vacancy left by retired former Chief Judge Michael J. Sullivan.

On his petition, Hansen indicated he was running for the “vacancy of Michael J. Sullivan,” rather than “Additional Judgeship A," Pilz's objection alleged.

The McHenry County Electoral Board of Commissioners overruled the objection on Jan. 3, claiming that it was clear which vacancy Hansen sought.

Pilz in turn sought judicial review of the electoral board's finding, but Hansen's petition was once again upheld last week, days before Tuesday's primary election. Also vying for the judicial seat are Jeannie Ridings, D-Crystal Lake; Mary McClellan, R-Holiday Hills; and Donald Brewer, R-Algonquin.

“From the day I took the bench, I have been focused on doing my job as judge with integrity," Hansen said in an official statement. "This is also true for the way we reach out to voters, including our petitions. I want them to know who they are voting for, and why."

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