Judge rules to put Crenshaw back on the ballot

Mary Owen
Chicago Tribune
7/21/2010

A Will County judge today ruled to put a Bolingbrook Republican and tea party darling back on the ballot for a state Senate race.

Will County Associate Judge Bobbi Petrungaro overturned a 2-1 decision by the Will County Electoral Board to remove Cedra Crenshaw, 37, from the ballot over a technical issue with her nomination petitions. Crenshaw is vying to unseat Democratic state Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi in the 43rd District, which has been a Democratic stronghold since 1975.

The decision to remove Crenshaw from the ballot energized tea party members, who organized protests on the stay-at-home mom’s behalf and showed up in patriotic T-shirts to her legal hearings.

“Finally, we can vindicate the 2,100 people who signed my petition and all the people in the district who are looking for an alternative,” she said after learning of the ruling, which was filed at 4:01 p.m…

The decision comes about three months after Crenshaw’s petitions were challenged. Earlier this month, the electoral board ruled her nomination petitions were invalid because her campaign had indicated on old forms that signatures were collected within 90 days of the filing deadline, even though a new state law requires that signatures be collected within 75.

In fact, Crenshaw collected signatures less than 20 days before the deadline since Republicans picked her to be their candidate on March 30 because no one in the GOP had run in the February primary…

Read the entire article at the Tribune.

H/T Dan Riehl, RiehlWorldView

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