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Wheaton at-large candidate found ineligible to run on ballot, plans write-in campaign

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 6:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 4:56 p.m. CDT

WHEATON — After Wheaton City Council at-large candidate John Prendiville objected to fellow candidate Frank Garcia’s voter registration status, the city’s electoral board sustained the objection during a meeting Jan. 14.

According to the Wheaton City Code, candidates must be registered voters of Wheaton when they file their petition for candidacy, and they also must live within the corporate limits of the city for at least one year preceding the election.

The board found Garcia was not registered to vote in Wheaton when he filed his petition Dec. 7, City Clerk Sharon Barrett-Hagen said.

Prendiville filed his objection Jan. 4, the last day to file objections to nominating petitions.

Garcia said in an email Sunday that he plans to run a write-in campaign after receiving the go-ahead from the DuPage County Election Commission.

During the city council’s meeting Tuesday, Mayor Mike Gresk will recommend the appointment of W. Thoreson Saline II to fill the council’s currently vacant at-large position until the election. If the council approves the appointment, Saline will fill the position until the seating of a new at-large councilmember in May.

Saline, 215 W. Williston St., is currently a candidate for the city council’s east district position. Because Saline is running unopposed for this seat, Mayor Gresk indicated he believes both Saline and the council would benefit if he were appointed to the council at this point in time, according to a city news release.

Besides the removal of Garcia from the April ballot, other candidacy changes include the Dec. 20 withdrawal of Bob Molenhouse from the race for the city council’s north district seat.

There will be no need for a consolidated primary election Feb. 26 for the seat now that only four candidates are running. A primary is only necessary if more than four individuals file for the same position on the city council.

The remaining candidates for the north district include incumbent Phil Suess, of 121 W. Forest Ave.; Ted Rodgers, of 408 W. Cole Ave.; Alberta Adamson, of 419 N. Wheaton Ave.; and J.T. Del Alcazar, of 213 E. Lincoln Ave.

The reason Molenhouse gave for withdrawing his candidacy was to save taxpayers the expense of a primary, Barrett-Hagen said.

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