Candidate in Glenwood upset with electoral process

2013-01-17T18:30:00Z 2013-01-17T20:59:04Z Candidate in Glenwood upset with electoral processPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
January 17, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | Village President Kerry Durkin's name will be the only one listed as a candidate for village president on the upcoming ballot, and at least one person is not happy about that.

Adam Winston says that on Dec. 21 he filed with the village all of the necessary paperwork to make him a candidate for village president, only to receive a letter on Jan. 4 from Village Clerk Ernestine Dobbins informing him he did not include a receipt to prove he filed an economic interest statement with Cook County.

"I filed everything that I needed to file," Winston said. "I actually even filed it in ample time, so that no issues or no concerns or anything would pop up."

Dobbins said the paperwork submitted by Winston was received in the Village Hall by Finance Director Linda Brunette, but that Dobbins herself later examined his nomination papers and there was no such receipt to be found.

"And I went over it four times," Dobbins said.

Winston suggested there is a conflict of interest involved because Dobbins is running for election as village clerk on the same ticket as Durkin.

"I don't know, but, you know, it doesn't look right," Winston said. "It looks bad."

An upset Winston addressed Durkin, Dobbins and village trustees on Tuesday and resorted to shouting at times to express his displeasure with the village's filing process that, he said, "isn't a fair and honest process."

Dobbins said she has no reason to not want Winston listed on the ballot as a candidate.

"I have no personal agenda," Dobbins said. "My integrity and my honesty go before anything."

Durkin read aloud a letter he said Village Attorney John Donahue had sent to Winston's lawyer regarding the filing dispute. The letter stated that when Brunette noticed the necessary receipt was not attached, she brought it to the attention of Village Administrator Donna Gayden.

Durkin said he instructed Gayden to call Winston prior to the Dec. 26 filing deadline to give him the opportunity to come to the Village Hall to review all of the nominating papers but that he declined to do so.

"To say that there is not an open process here or infer or imply that there was some wrongdoing by the village of Glenwood is absurd," Durkin said.

Winston claims Gayden called him with only about 10 minutes to spare before the Village Hall was to close on the day of the deadline.

He said he would have liked to have been given a hearing to object to his not being certified for the ballot and he plans to run as a write-in candidate if he cannot get his name added to it.

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