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Illinois Special Election Will Have Six Candidates on the Ballot; Objector to Three Petitions Withdraws Her Challenges

Published on February 28, 2013, by in General.

On February 28, the Illinois voter who had challenged three minor party or independent candidates’ petitions (in the special election to fill the U.S. House vacancy in the 2nd district), withdrew her challenges. Therefore the April ballot will include the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, and Green Parties, along with three independent candidates. The Green nominee is LeAlan Jones. The three independents are Marcus Lewis (who never was challenged and who has been on the ballot all along), Elizabeth Pahlke, and Curtiss Bey.

Now that the major party primaries for this election are over with, the Illinois media is reporting that the Republican nominee, Paul McKinley, was convicted of burglary long ago and served time in prison. See this story. The Democratic nominee is Robin Kelly.

7 Responses

  1. :-)

    “…the Illinois media is reporting that the Republican nominee, Paul McKinley, was convicted of burglary long ago and served time in prison.”

    Like he had any chance of winning at all without this scandal.

    Are any of the minor party candidates libertarian-leaning in their positions?

  2. Joshua H.

    @1: I’m not sure about the independent candidates, but check LeAlan Jones. Many Greens share some agreement with Libertarian beliefs, mainly in civil rights/liberties and foreign policy. He might be your best bet unless one of the other candidates actually leans Libertarian.
    As for the news itself, EPIC WIN for democracy! As a Green myself, I hope LeAlan Jones gets at least 5% of the vote.

  3. This is now (indirectly) confirmed on the Illinois State Board of Elections Website. This page:

    http://elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx

    no longer lists the four as with challenges pending.

  4. johnO

    It would be great if LeAlan Jones(G) has more votes than Mckinley(R) and at least gives Robin Kelly(D)a strong challenge.

  5. Illinois Socialist

    How many signatures did Jones have? One Green Party member told me they didn’t have the required 3,444.

  6. Richard Winger

    None of the petitioning candidates had 3,444, but three of them had over 1,000, and Elizabeth Pahlke had over 2,500. Only Curtiss Bey had just a miniscule number of signatures.

  7. Illinois Socialist

    6. Thanks Richard. I’m glad that they all got on the ballot using Illinois’ “Challenge rule”. I do find it ironic that the Green Party got on using the very tactic that Illinois Green Party members Andy Finko and Rob Sherman denounced as some kind of fraud against the voters when they challenged the Socialist Party and 3 other parties and got them all thrown off the ballot in 2012.

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