A local electoral board hearing held in December 2016. | File
Thursday, January 19, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The race for the three open trustee seats and the open mayoral seat on the Maywood Board of Trustees, and the race for the open clerk seat, have been winnowed down even further after at least one candidate for trustee withdrew from the race and another was reportedly removed from the ballot after his nominating papers were challenged.
Elijah Goodwin, an independent candidate for trustee who was running in solidarity with Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, formally withdrew his candidacy this week. In addition, independent trustee candidate Randy Carter, who was running in solidarity with mayoral candidate Luther Spence, was reportedly removed from the ballot after an objection filed against his candidacy was upheld.
Candidates facing petition challenges met during a Jan. 17 local electoral board hearing.
In all, five mayoral candidates — Spence, sitting mayor Edwenna Perkins, sitting trustee Antonette Dorris, sitting trustee Henderson Yarbrough and Mary “May” Larry — remain in the race and all of them, except for Yarbrough and Larry, are still dealing with objections filed against their candidacies.
Earlier this month, mayoral candidates Quincy Johnson and Kathy Travis were both removed from the race after objections to their candidacies were upheld by the local electoral board.
The entire Maywood Visionary Party — which is helmed by Dorris, and includes sitting trustee Melvin Lightford, businessman Joseph Wilson and realtor Drena Lanier as trustee candidates, and Steven R. Smiley as the party’s candidate for clerk — are still reportedly facing challenges.
Trustee candidate Rolando Villegas, an independent candidate running in solidarity with Perkins, is also still facing a petition challenge.
The majority of those objections were filed by Maywood residents Keith Moore and Reginald Lamont Featherston, Sr.
Those candidates who are still facing challenges are expected to appear before the local electoral board on Jan. 23. Ballots for the April 4, 2017 municipal election should be finalized by the end of this month. VFP