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Judge to rule on Campbell ballot issue

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Judge William Brady expects to rule Tuesday on whether Clay Campbell will be on the Republican ballot for DeKalb County Board District 3.

Campbell, a local defense attorney and former DeKalb County State’s Attorney, is appealing a Dec. 13 decision by the DeKalb County Election Board upholding opponent Riley Oncken’s objection to his nominating petition for the March primary. Whatever Brady’s decision, either side could appeal it to the Illinois Second District Appellate Court in Elgin.

Oncken, who presently is a District 3 County Board member, is seeking re-election and objected to Campbell’s nominating petition because the addresses listed on his voter registration and driver’s license weren’t in District 3. Campbell acknowledged the addresses haven’t been updated, but argued he presently lives in District 3 and legally is eligible to run there.

Oncken and Campbell presented about 90 minutes of testimony Dec. 13 to the three-member Election Board. DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson and Luan Olson, of the DeKalb County Circuit Clerk’s Office, voted to remove Campbell from the ballot, while Stephanie Klein, chief assistant for the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s civil division, voted to leave him on the ballot. Campbell appealed their decision.

At a court appearance Tuesday, Oncken requested time to respond to Campbell’s appeal, while Campbell urged Brady to act quickly to limit the affect on his campaign. Military and overseas voters ballots can be mailed starting Jan. 31, with in-person absentee voting starting Feb. 6, according to the DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder’s Office website.

Brady lives in County Board District 3, but neither Campbell nor Oncken objected to him ruling on the matter.

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