A Mundelein woman making her first bid for public office will be allowed to stay in the race for village trustee, a three-member electoral board has decided.
Dawn Abernathy's candidate petition had been formally challenged by local resident Stephen Dee.
Dee claimed the petition didn't have enough valid signatures of registered voters, and he said the document violated other election rules. The board eliminated 22 signatures during a hearing Tuesday, but enough remained for Abernathy to stay on the April 9 ballot.
Dee's other complaints were rejected.
"I am relieved to be on the ballot, so that it's up to the voters in Mundelein to decide if I should be a trustee," Abernathy told the Daily Herald Wednesday.
The election board will meet again Monday, Jan. 14, to formalize its decision.
Abernathy is among seven candidates seeking three seats on the village board.
The others are: incumbents Ray Semple and Jim Nutschnig; onetime congressional candidate Gregory S. Jacobs; and political newcomers Holly Kim, Alexander Kvasnicka, and Kerry A. Garesche.
Three candidates are vying to replace Mayor Kenneth H. Kessler, who is not seeking re-election.
Two are trustees: Steve Lentz and Robin Meier. The other is former police chief and current park district board member Wally Frasier.
Katy Timmerman is running unopposed for village clerk. Current Clerk Esmie Dahlstrom is not running.
All of the posts carry 4-year terms.