SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Election Board voted to remove would-be Republican county board candidates Clay Campbell and Laurie Emmer from the March primary ballot last week, although Campbell says the fight is not over for him.
The board’s decision came in response to objections filed against the nominating petitions for Campbell and Emmer. Campbell, the former DeKalb County state’s attorney, has said he would appeal the decision.
“I expected this decision,” he said. “When I go into these things, I will run into opposition simply by virtue of who I am.”
Riley Oncken, the incumbent District 3 board member who Campbell was challenging, objected to Campbell’s nominating petition. In his objection, Oncken said the address in Campbell’s voter registration record, and the address listed on his driver’s license, is not in District 3.
Attorney John Countryman, representing Oncken, cited state election law, and contended that Campbell was a registered voter in District 8 on the day he filed his nominating petition for a seat in District 3.
In a separate hearing, Emmer conceded she did not have the required 19 valid signatures on her petition. Emmer, who is challenging incumbent Anthony Cvek, R-Sycamore, gathered exactly 19 signatures, however, one of the signers lives outside District 4.
All three members of the board voted to uphold the objection filed by District 4 resident Earl Gable.
Emmer said she might file to run as a write-in candidate.
“This has been a real learning experience for me,” Emmer said.