Rudd, two others could get knocked off Lake County ballot

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Updated 12/11/2015 1:42 PM
An article in some editions of Friday's Daily Herald misspelled the name of Lake County coroner candidate Michael P. Donnenwirth.

Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd and two other candidates for county political office could be kicked off the March 2016 primary ballot after problems with their paperwork were alleged.

Candidates for state's attorney and a county board seat are facing challenges, too.


Rudd, a Lake Forest Democrat finishing his first term as coroner, is the highest-profile candidate of the three. He's set to face Michael P. Donnenwirth of Waukegan in the primary.

The winner of that race will face Republican Howard Cooper of Gurnee in November 2016. Cooper is the lone GOP hopeful for the post, which he unsuccessfully sought in 2012.

If Rudd is knocked off the ballot, Donnenwirth would be the Democratic Party nominee.

Rudd was not immediately available for comment.

Another paperwork challenge was filed against Matt Stanton, a Gurnee Democrat running for state's attorney against Waukegan's Michael J. Perillo Jr.

The lone Republican in the race is first-term incumbent Michael Nerheim of Gurnee.

Finally, Libertyville Republican Robert Haraden's campaign for the 21st District seat on the county board is being challenged, too. Haraden is set to face longtime Republican incumbent Ann Maine of Lincolnshire.

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Maine also serves as president of the Lake County Forest Preserve District board, which consists of the same 21 members who are on the county board.

No Democrat is running for the 21st District post.

Details weren't available about the paperwork challenges or the people who filed the objections. Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff couldn't be reached for comment.

The challenges will be settled by a three-person electoral board.

At the county level of government, the electoral board consists of the county clerk, the state's attorney and the circuit court clerk, although they may designate representatives to serve for them.

Under state law, the hearings must be held between three and five days after the objections were filed. The deadline to file a petition objection was Dec. 7.

A list of candidates running for countywide or Lake County Board seats in the March primary is available at the clerk's website,

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