A Swansea resident has filed objections to nominating petitions filed by four individuals to run for the office of village trustee in the April election.
Donna Koudelka filed the objections Thursday about petitions submitted by Katherine Ruocco, Scott Ross, Bill Phillips and Jeffrey King.
Koudelka objects to all four individuals not specifying whether they were running for the two or four-year trustee position on their petitions. All four are running for the four-year trustee seat.
Koudelka also stated on her objector's petitions there was a problem with the notary signature on page three of Ruocco's petition and the circulator and notary signature on page nine of King's petition was incorrect.
In both cases listed above, Darlene M. Moon signed that specific page of the petitions as both the circulator and the notary.
Koudelka said she would like all four petitions to be dismissed, because they were not filled out correctly.
Mayor Jim Rauckman said the village will follow the guidelines outlined by the Illinois State Board of Elections in handling the objections.
The four objections will be reviewed by the village's electoral board. Rauckman said per the guidelines, he is chairman of the Electoral Board with Village Clerk Lauren O'Neill and Trustee Dave Thacker serving on the board. Thacker is the trustee who has served the greatest number of years on the Village Board.
Rauckman said the village's Electoral Board will have a meeting and a decision will be rendered that same day. The exact day and time of the meeting has not been determined.
According to the state Board of Elections, the electoral board must meet between three and five days after receiving the objector's petitions.
If either the objector or petitioners aren't satisfied with the village's electoral board's decision, they can file a petition for judicial review with the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk. This petition must be filed within five days of the local electoral board's decision.
Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.