A local electoral board hearing held today inside of Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. | Photo submitted
Monday, December, 12, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || 12/13/16
Former mayor and sitting trustee Henderson Yarbrough is facing a petition challenge. Lawyers for Yarbrough and Maywood resident Linda Reedy, who filed the challenge, gathered inside of Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., Monday morning to argue their sides.
Yarbrough is running at the top of the Maywood United Party ticket, which includes former District 209 school board member Readith Esther as its clerk candidate and local businessman Anthonio Sanchez, former trustee Audrey Jaycox and sitting trustee Michael Rogers as its three trustee candidates.
Reedy claims that Yarbrough’s petition signatures are invalid because the date at the top of the petition papers listed the Feb. 28, 2017 primary election, instead of the April 4, 2017 municipal election, when area voters will go to the polls.
“The elections for the mayor and trustees have always been in April,” Reedy said in a phone interview on Monday evening. “I think that’s a misrepresentation.”
Reedy, who was in attendance at the Dec. 12 hearing, added that the Yarbrough’s attorney argued that the date difference is insignificant and shouldn’t be cause for invalidation. Neither Yarbrough nor his attorney could be reached for comment.
In a separate phone interview Monday evening, Jaycox said that, by listing the Feb. 28 date, Yarbrough was just following protocol.
“Once a local party files, anybody can take that party title and, if they do, there would have to be a primary,” Jaycox said, before offering up a scenario that would require a primary.
For instance, she said, if someone else filed to run for mayor as a Maywood United Party member in the April 4 election, then that person and Yarbrough would have to run in February in order to determine which of them would represent the party as a mayoral candidate in April.
According to Reedy, the three-member local electoral board — which includes Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Village Clerk Viola Mims and Trustee Melvin Lightford (all of whom have announced their intentions to run in April’s election) — called for a continuance and will hear more argumentation, and could be expected to make a ruling, on Friday, Dec. 16.
Candidates who plan on running in the April 4, 2017 election have until Dec. 19 to turn in their petitions to the village clerk’s office. VFP
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly noted the date of the April 4, 2017 municipal election. VFP regrets the error.
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