There will only be one candidate on the ballot for 48th District state representative in November, but voters officially have two choices.
Marian Tomlinson, who was removed from the ballot as a Democratic candidate in July, has become an official write-in candidate for the November election.
Tomlinson said she felt the voters should have a choice as to their representation in Springfield, rather than allowing her opponent, Republican Peter Breen, to be elected with little opposition.
"To have him move into that office without any challenge isn't fair to the voters," Tomlinson said.
Democratic Party of DuPage County Commissioner Bob Peickert said he was disappointed Tomlinson was removed, but excited she decided to continue her campaign.
"I think it's a great idea because it gives voters an option in the voting booth," Peickert said.
He said he hopes the minor technicalities that result in the removal of a candidate are addressed in the near future.
"The easiest way for them to win is to get someone removed from the ballot," he said. "And that's not what our electoral process is about."
Tomlinson is a certified write-in candidate, meaning anyone can write her name on the ballot and election judges will count her votes.
"It does not require any party affiliation, but it's to keep people from writing in 'Donald Duck,'" Tomlinson said.
She admitted it's going to be an uphill battle, but is continuing to campaign, going door-to-door to spread her message.
"It's just a matter of getting information out to the public," she said.
As Tomlinson's opponent, Lombard resident Breen said he's going to continue going door-to-door and learning the concerns of his potential constituents.
"Folks are free to write in any candidate they like" Breen said. "My focus remains the same it has been since the start of this campaign."
District 48 includes portions of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Villa Park, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Lisle and Downers Grove.
Tomlinson has lived in Glen Ellyn since 1984. She retired in 2003 after working as a legal secretary with McDermott, Will & Emery, a Chicago law firm. This is her first campaign for political office.
She has volunteered with several organizations, including DuPagePads, the Glen Ellyn Methodist United Church and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University.
"I've always been involved as much as I can with the community," she said.
Tomlinson has nine children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.