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Two objections raised in DeKalb County Board races

SYCAMORE — County officials likely will hold a hearing Friday on DeKalb County Board member Riley Oncken's attempt to knock opponent Clay Campbell off the Republican primary ballot.

Oncken filed an objection Monday afternoon challenging Campbell's candidacy in District 3 over the address Campbell listed on his voter registration. DeKalb County Clerk Douglas Johnson said he also received an objection to Republican Laurie Emmer's petition for County Board District 4 alleging one of the 19 required signatures on her petition is from someone outside the district.

Johnson plans to convene an electoral board comprised of himself, DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack and DeKalb County Circuit Clerk Maureen Josh, although Josh and Schmack can send someone from their office instead. The law requires the Electoral Board to hold a hearing within three to five days of receiving the objection, so Johnson is trying to hold both hearings Friday.

"Both sides will be allowed to present their case, or points," Johnson said. "And the board will make a decision."

In his petition, Oncken claims the address listed on Campbell's voter registration is not within District 3, which Oncken claims is required by law.

"It is unfortunate that Mr. Campbell failed to update his voter registration when he moved," Oncken wrote in the news release. "As a former State's Attorney and candidate several times before, he should have known better. You can't run for an office in an area where you aren't registered to vote."

Campbell acknowledged he had not updated his voter registration, but said that didn't disqualify him. Campbell stressed he has been a resident of District 3 for almost two years and a resident of the county since 1988.

"The reason I'm running against Riley is because I'm seriously disappointed in his performance," he said. "He represents himself, not the citizens of the district."

Campbell nor Oncken, both local attorneys, are familiar names in county politics. Oncken lost re-election to the county board last year, when voters were asked to pick two candidates among Oncken,

Republican Ken Anderson, and Democrat Mark Pietrowski. Board members voted to appoint Oncken back on the board in March when Anderson resigned in February.

Meanwhile, Campbell was elected DeKalb County State's Attorney in November 2010, but lost re-election last year to Democrat Richard Schmack.

There are two other contested races for DeKalb County Board.

Emmer is challenging incumbent Anthony Cvek for the Republican nomination for a County Board District 4 seat. Meanwhile, Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr. and Craig Genteman are battling for the Republican nomination for County Board District 9.

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