CALUMET CITY | While the Cook County clerk’s office has not yet tabulated the voter results for individual candidates who ran write-in campaigns in Tuesday’s elections, officials were able to say Thursday that neither of the two people who challenged incumbent Calumet City aldermen were successful.
Shalisa Harvey filed a notice of intent with the county clerk to challenge 1st Ward Alderman Eric Schneider, while Tony Quiroz was using the write-in option to challenge 5th Ward Alderman Roger Munda.
Courtney Greve, a spokeswoman for the clerk’s office, said 33 write-in votes were cast in the 1st Ward, while 37 write-in votes were cast in the 5th Ward.
Those totals fall far short of the 266 votes Schneider received and the 396 votes Munda received. Both Schneider and Munda were the Democratic nominees in Tuesday’s election, and they were the only candidates with their names on the printed ballot.
“Even if all of those (write-in) votes are for the write-in candidate of record, they don’t come close to the number of votes needed to win,” Greve said. Specific vote tallies for write-in candidates across Cook County will be tabulated next week.
The 1st and 5th wards in Calumet City are the neighborhoods right on the Illinois/Indiana border. In the 1st Ward, 314 votes were cast overall out of 3,745 registered voters, while in the 5th Ward, 470 votes were cast out of 6,007 registered voters.