Tuesday, February 6, 2018 || Nona Tepper/Wednesday Journal|| @maywoodnews || Updated: 9 p.m.
A River Forest woman has been knocked off the ballot for Cook County Clerk, after a Maywood man successfully challenged the validity of her nomination signatures.
Stephanie Joy Jackson-Rowe, who did not respond to an interview request, filed her petition to run as Cook County clerk in late 2017, after longtime incumbent David Orr announced he’s retiring after 27 years.
The Cook County clerk presides over suburban Cook County elections, maintains vital records and property tax information, and records the activities of the Cook County Board.
Maywood resident Reginald Lamont Featherston Sr. pressed the successful petition against Jackson-Rowe, making run-of-the-mill complaints about invalid petition signatures and concerns about place of residence that proved fatal to Jackson-Rowe’s chance of getting on the March ballot. Featherston Sr. is represented by noted election attorney James Nally.
“Signatures are not genuine and are forgeries,” reads the complaint.
Featherston Sr. is a Proviso Township employee who filed several objections to candidates running against the Maywood United Party in last April’s local elections.
The Democratic Primary race for Cook County Clerk now features Karen Yarbrough, the current Recorder of Deeds and putative front-runner and attorney Jan Kowalski. Another candidate, Nick Shields, Orr’s director of communications, who withdrew his petitions before officially making the ballot.
Last November, around two-thirds of voters approved a binding referendum that calls for the consolidation of the Recorder of Deeds office into the Cook County Clerk’s office.
Supporters of the merger said that it would save county taxpayers money while Yarbrough said that the cost-savings would be minuscule compared with the costs of getting rid of valuable services that the recorder’s office provided and the clerk’s office did not. VFP
Michael Romain contributed to this report
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post failed to mention that Nick Shields is also off of the ballot, having withdrawn his petition. This post has since been updated. VFP regrets the error.
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