Electoral Board removes mayoral challenger from April 9 ballot

2013-02-19T12:30:00Z Electoral Board removes mayoral challenger from April 9 ballotGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 19, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

BURNHAM | The Electoral Board this week removed from the April 9 ballot a would-be challenger to Village President Robert Polk.

Antonio “Tony” Rias had wanted to challenge Polk as a political independent. But Village Clerk Nancy Dobrowski, who is one of the Electoral Board members, said his name was removed Monday because he did not have enough valid signatures of support, and because he tried filing nominating petitions to run in a Feb. 26 primary as a Democrat.

Burnham does not have primary elections for municipal government, but Dobrowski said the Electoral Board decided his statement of candidacy as a Democrat precluded him from running as an independent in the April election.

Under state election law, Rias, a 15-year resident of Burnham, could challenge the Electoral Board ruling in Cook County Circuit Court. Rias, who was not available Tuesday to comment, has five working days to file such a challenge.

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