Third-party candidate for DuPage County Board won't be on November ballot

 
 
Updated 7/29/2016 5:47 AM
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A third-party candidate for a DuPage County Board seat won't appear on the November ballot after the county's electoral board ruled there were problems with his nominating papers.

Lombard resident Timothy Goodcase had hoped to run as a Constitution Party candidate in District 2, which covers all or portions of Addison, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, Westmont and Woodridge.

But during a Thursday afternoon hearing in Wheaton, the three-member electoral panel deemed that Goodcase's petition only had 1,267 valid signatures. He needed a minimum of 2,692 valid signatures to qualify for a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot. The panel also concluded that Goodcase didn't properly file a statement of economic interest.

After the hearing, Goodcase said he was disappointed by the decision.

"I feel the 1,200 or so valid voters who signed my petition are going to be denied the ability to vote for me on the ballot," he said.

Goodcase said he is considering whether to run as a write-in candidate for the 4-year county board seat in District 2. The seat is held by incumbent Republican Sean Noonan, who is running unopposed.

The objection to Goodcase's paperwork was filed by Elmhurst residents Martin Manion and Louis Wittmer. Both residents were represented during Thursday's electoral board hearing by attorney Laura Jacksack.

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