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Wilson off ballot in DeKalb's 5th Ward

DeKALB - There will be only one name on the ballot for 5th Ward alderman after a city electoral board ruled Friday that Gavin Wilson did not properly fill out the paperwork to be a candidate in the April 17 city elections. The board, made up of Mayor Frank Van Buer, Third Ward Alderman Steve Kapitan and City Clerk Donna Johnson, issued its decision Friday. It found that Wilson failed to include the name and date of the election on his nominating petitions, the sheets voters sign to show their support for getting a candidate on the ballot. &#8220We were advised that that was a mandatory,” Van Buer said of having the name and date of the election on the petitions. Calls to Wilson's home and business, the Hillside Restaurant, were not immediately returned Saturday. With Wilson off the ballot, voters in the 5th Ward will have only one choice come Election Day, barring a write-in campaign. Ron Naylor, the head of the DeKalb School District's Facilities Planning Committee and a former city director of public works, is seeking the spot now held by Pat Conboy, who is not running for re-election after 10 years on the city council. Naylor said he was aware of the problems on his opponent's petitions, but it was another 5th Ward resident, John Rey, who filed the objection to have Wilson removed. Rey said he did not consult with Naylor about taking the step and had examined both Wilson's and Naylor's petitions for any problems. A former school board member, Rey said he was motivated &#8220mainly (by) curiosity to see what those petitions looked like.” He said the prospect of not having a competitive race in the 5th Ward should his objection succeed was &#8220on my mind,” but &#8220my overriding concern was with the accuracy of the paperwork.” There was no competition for the seat the last time it was on the ballot, in 2003, when an objection to Conboy's only opponent was successful. Chris Rickert can be reached at crickert@daily-chronicle.com.

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