Tuesday, January 3, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 6 p.m.
Two people who filed petitions to run for Mayor of Maywood in the upcoming April 4 election will not appear on the ballot after objections to their candidacies were upheld during local electoral board hearings today.
Objections to the candidacy of Quincy Johnson were upheld on the grounds that Johnson failed to “file a receipt for the filing of a Statement of Economic Interests in relation to his candidacy with the Maywood Village Clerk on or before Dec. 19.”
That objection, which was made by in separate challenges filed by Maywood residents Keith Moore and Reginald Lamont Featherston, Sr, was upheld unanimously by the three-person local electoral board that included Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Trustee Melvin Lightford and Maywood Village Clerk Viola Mims — all of whom are running for reelection.
Moore and Featherston, Sr. also both filed objections against Travis, claiming that she did not generate the minimum of 124 petition signatures required to run for mayor. Travis submitted fewer than four full pages of petition sheets. Each sheet allows for 15 signatures.
The board unanimously upheld that objection also. It was apparent from Travis’s candidate filing papers that she had far fewer than the minimum number of petition signatures required to get on the ballot.
Among the seven people who filed nominating papers to run for Mayor last month, only five remain, with Perkins, sitting trustee Antonette Dorris and attorney Luther Spence all facing objections.
Spence’s public hearing date has been extended to Jan. 13, since election authorities still need to count his signatures.
As of press time, objections to Perkins’s and Dorris’s candidacies had yet to be resolved. All of the objections were scheduled to be heard today.
Mayoral candidates Mary “May” Larry and Henderson Yarbrough are not facing any challenges. VFP