Schmack files papers to challenge Campbell
SYCAMORE – The Democrat challenging DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell this November filed paperwork Wednesday to get his name on the ballot.
Local attorney Richard Schmack filed his statement of economic interest, statement of candidacy, a notice of appointment – identifying Schmack as its choice to represent Democrats – and signatures to run for state's attorney at the DeKalb County Clerk's Office with his wife, Jackie, nearby.
Since being caucused in by county Democrats May 11, Schmack gathered 394 signatures; a minimum of 94 was needed. He announced his candidacy on the steps of the DeKalb County Courthouse on May 10.
"It's been very busy, very hectic since then," he said.
Friends and Democratic precinct committeemen helped gather signatures during the past three weeks, Schmack said. More than 100 were gathered personally, which he said might have been enough, but he didn't want to take that chance.
"We were very happy with the number we have and the support we've been getting," Jackie Schmack said.
Richard Schmack said people have thanked him for running – even those who he said he didn't expect would do so – and they've received a lot of support.
"I feel pretty comfortable," Schmack said. "... It's a very positive response all the way around."
Schmack has had a private law practice in Sycamore since 1989. Before that, he served as an assistant state’s attorney in the DeKalb County office.
Candidates of established parties have until Monday to file nominating petitions, DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo said. Schmack is the only candidate who has filed his paperwork thus far.
Those who wish to object to a nominating petition have until June 11 to do so, Acardo said. There are certain procedures an objector must follow, and Acardo's office must be notified.
Independent candidates can file petitions between June 18-25. Independent candidates seeking county-wide offices need a minimum of 1,460 signatures and a maximum of 2,336, Acardo said.
Those seeking county board positions must have a minimum of 117 signatures and a maximum of 187 signatures.
Forms can be found at www.dekalbclerk.com.
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