By ALLISON MATYUS
Since the deadline for candidate nominations for the 4th Ward Alderman special election ended on Nov. 28, five objections have been made to four candidates in response to their nomination papers and petitions. The first hearing in regards to these objections took place on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Board of Elections Commissioners for the City of Chicago, 69 W. Washington St.
A special election in the 4th Ward will be held on Feb. 28, due to the abrupt resignation of Will Burns, who chose to move to a career in the private sector. Since his resignation Sophia King has been serving as the Alderman in the 4th Ward, which includes parts of the South Loop, Bronzeville, Kenwood and Hyde Park.
Candidates Gregory Livingston, Gerald Scott McCarthy and Marcellus H. Moore, Jr., all have an objection from one person. Candidate Jack Taylor has two objections.
According to public documents available online at the Board of Elections’ website, Kenwood resident Mildred Hare is objecting the nominations for Livingston, McCarthy, Moore and Taylor. In her objection statements Hare claims that the candidates’ nomination papers contain the names of persons who have also previously signed the nomination papers of another candidate, the nomination papers contain petition sheets with the names of persons whose addresses are not within the 4th Ward and the nomination papers contain petition sheets with the names of persons who are not registered voters at the addresses shown opposite their respective names.
According to the website, Taylor also has an objection from Hyde Park residents Stacy and Quinn Taylor (no relation to the candidate) claiming that he did not file a Statement of Economic Interests in relation to his candidacy with the Cook County Clerk on or prior to Nov. 28.
King and Ebony Lucas, who are also running in the special election, did not receive any objections.
Although these objections are a bump in the road on the campaign trail, candidates are still zeroing in on their platforms for the special election.
Taylor said he plans on using technology such as social media to better communicate the wants and needs of the residents he would serve.
Community engagement is also big for Moore, who said that no matter what happens, getting the word out about this race is an important factor. He said he wants constituents and people in this race to consider and thoughtfully look at all the candidates before making a decision.
Having stronger leadership to represent the community and to develop stability in leadership is a large part of McCarthy’s platform. He wants to restore community confidence in 4th Ward leadership.
For Lucas, her focus lies in letting constituents know about the resources that already exist within the ward. Lucas said the resources to fix the issues within the community are already there, they just have to be presented to the residents in an engaging way.
Livingston said he plans on focusing on having a “shoe leather campaign” style and letting people know who he really is as a candidate. He said he plans on attending forums so that people can learn about him and so that he can also learn about the residents and their needs.
King said that while her priority during this campaign will be to fulfill her duties as the alderman, she is also being deliberate in making sure 4th Ward residents know who she is and listening to all of their concerns.
The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28. If necessary, a run-off election will take place on Tuesday, April 4.
Future hearings for candidate objections will be announced on the Board of Elections’ website.