EP Election Board Says No to Good Candidacy
Petitions cited for lack of valid signatures, inappropriate binding
In less than five minutes Thursday morning, Evergreen Park election officials slammed the door on the mayoral candidacy of Shawn Good.
The Village of Evergreen Park Municipal Officers Electoral Board, consisting of Trustees Carol Kyle and Jerome Bosch, and Village Clerk Catherine Aparo, with representation by attorney Joseph Cainkar, voted unanimously to remove Good’s name from the April 9 election ballot.
Good is challenging incumbent Mayor James Sexton, the only contested race in the upcoming municipal election, other than a library board race for two-year trustee.
The action came after two village residents, Geoffrey Layhe and Anthony Yukich, filed an objection regarding Good’s petitions for not being securely bound when turned in to the village and for lacking the proper number of valid signatures. To appear on the ballot, 66 valid signatures are needed.
Good’s petitions were viewed by a Cook County Clerk records examiner on Jan. 11, who determined that Good fell short of the number of valid signatures needed by 16. Several signatures were ruled invalid for not being genuine; others were discounted because the signer was not registered to vote at the address listed.
The Electoral Board met previously on Jan. 10, with Burton Odelson, founding partner of Odelson and Sterk, representing both Yukich and Layne. His associate, Matthew Welch, represented the objectors this time around. Shawn Good represented herself both times, though after the meeting said she had sought legal advice.
Regardless of the outcome of today’s ruling, Good said she is not through challenging the mayor. She told the Patch she has several options to consider, including a write-in candidacy.