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Electoral board rules county board chairman can stay on ballot

Resident argued Gryder did not have notary stamp on pages

Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder can remain on the Republican Party primary ballot next spring after a local electoral board ruled the candidacy petitions he filed earlier this month were substantially compliant with state election laws.

Tom Brophy of Oswego had objected to Gryder's petitions, based on the charge that they were not stamped by a notary on all pages. Brophy and Gryder's attorney, John Fogarty, each made arguments in a electoral board hearing on Dec. 12. That hearing was continued to Monday, Dec. 18.

At Monday's hearing, State's Attorney Eric Weis, who sits on the electoral board along with County Clerk Debbie Gillette and Circuit Court Clerk Robyn Ingemunson, said he found that Gryder "substantially" complied with election law because his petitions were signed by the notary, David Krahn of Oswego.

Weis said he considered it a "technical" deficiency, and he and the other two electoral board members agreed to allow Gryder to stay on the spring ballot.

In another case hashed out before the electoral board Monday, the board ruled that Michael Becker of Oswego can remain on the spring ballot for a Republican precinct committeeman in Oswego 5 over the objections of county precinct committeeman Lee Hoffer of Oswego.

Weis said he found that some of Becker's petitions did not have a notary signature, which is what Hoffer alleged, but that Hoffer was ineligible to bring a challenge to Becker's petitions. Weis said state election law mandates that someone challenging a candidate's petitions must be able to vote for that candidate and live in the same precinct, township, or other area. Hoffer does not live in Oswego 5 and is a precinct committeeman for Oswego 11.

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