Two candidates kicked off Lake County ballots
Candidates for a Gurnee-area school board and a Lake Zurich-area library board have been knocked off the April 2 ballot because of problems with their petitions, Lake County election officials confirmed Tuesday.
A candidate for a school board in the Old Mill Creek area survived a petition challenge, officials said.
All three cases had been heard by a three-member Lake County electoral board.
Renea Amen was eliminated as a candidate for the Woodland School District 50 board. Amen, a former Woodland board member who lost her seat in 2017, hadn't properly identified the office she was seeking on all of her petition pages, Lake County Elections Director Todd Govain said.
Amen's departure from the race leaves three candidates for three seats with 4-year terms on the board. They are newcomers Nasima Patel and Ryan Koehl and incumbent Elizabeth Helgren.
Additionally, Susan J. Nielsen was eliminated as a candidate for the Ela Area Public Library board. Nielsen didn't have enough legitimate signatures on her petition to qualify as a candidate, Govain said.
Nielsen's departure leaves five candidates for three seats with 4-year terms on the Ela board. They are incumbents Cynthia "Cindy" Blank, Kathryn L. Caudill and Susan Malohn and challengers Daniel Matzkin and Crystal Steker.
Additionally, incumbent Jeanette Stanonik and challenger Anne Hurst are running for one seat on the Ela board with a 2-year term.
Finally, Carissa Casbon will remain a candidate for the Millburn School District 24 board. The electoral board rejected a challenge alleging some petition pages were incomplete. Casbon, the District 24 board's president, said she rectified the issue before the hearing by obtaining signed affidavits from the 21 people whose signatures were challenged.
Six candidates are seeking three seats on the District 24 board with 4-year terms. In addition to Casbon, the candidates are newcomers Stephen Gray, Sean Coleman, Jeffrey Flary and Ardre Orie and incumbent Irshad A. Khan.
There's also one seat on the District 24 board with a 2-year term up for election, but no candidates filed for the post.