St. Clair County Board candidate seeks to have 5 opponents tossed from ballot

News-DemocratJanuary 3, 2014 

AP GRAPHIC

One of the six candidates seeking election to a County Board seat is appealing an Electoral Board decision to deny his attempt to have the other five candidates thrown off the ballot.

Marvin B. Strode, of Washington Park, has petitioned the St. Clair County Electoral Board to toss his opponents from the race for a seat representing Washington Park and part of East St. Louis. The Electoral Board previously voted to deny Strode's attempt to strike the candidates from the ballot.

He is appealing the board's decision in a hearing before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn now set for Tuesday, Jan. 7. A hearing on Friday was rescheduled because a candidate's lawyer was not notified of the hearing.

All of the opponents are Democrats pitted against Strode in the primary election on March 18. They include East St. Louis residents Edith A. Moore and Harry Hollingsworth; along with Washington Park residents Joan McIntosh, Mack Slater and Rickie Thomas.

Joan McIntosh, a Democrat, currently holds the seat. She was appointed to the post in July after her husband, Willie McIntosh, resigned in April.

Strode believes the candidates did not properly fill out their primary petitions, which are used to collect signatures from residents during the candidates' bids to place their names on the ballot.

Strode alleges the five candidates should have indicated on the petitions they sought an "unexpired, two-year term." On Strode's petitions, he added the phrase.

The petitions without that information created a basis for confusing residents signing the petitions, Strode alleges in court documents.

McGlynn said the hearing on Tuesday will not introduce new evidence into the case and will focus on whether the Electoral Board properly applied the law.

Contact reporter Daniel Kelley at dkelley@bnd.com or 618-239-2501.

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