Hearing over whether to toss 5 candidates from St. Clair County Board race postponed

News-DemocratJanuary 7, 2014 

A court hearing to decide whether five candidates will be tossed from the ballot for a County Board seat was postponed Tuesday while a new judge is assigned to the case.

The St. Clair County Electoral Board previously denied a request from Marvin B. Strode, of Washington Park, to remove his opponents from the race for a seat representing Washington Park and part of East St. Louis. Strode was scheduled to appeal the board's decision during a hearing on Tuesday before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn.

At the request of candidate Joan McIntosh through her attorney, Bob Sprague, McGlynn recused himself from the case Tuesday. An earlier hearing scheduled for Friday, Jan. 3, had been postponed until Tuesday.

All of Strode's opponents are Democrats competing in the primary election on March 18. Along with McIntosh, Strode's opponents include East St. Louis residents Edith A. Moore and Harry Hollingsworth, and Washington Park residents Mack Slater and Rickie Thomas.

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

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