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Objector withdraws challenge to Revelle candidacy

Evanston's Electoral Board concludes three days of hearings on challenges to five of the 28 candidates seeking to run for city offices next year.

Andrew Finko.

An attorney for Yvi Kraus Russell, who’d challenged the candidacy papers of Alderman Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, withdrew the objection at a hearing of Evanston’s Electoral Board this morning.

The board accepted the withdrawal, wrapping up three days of hearings on a half-dozen disputes involving five candidates seeking to be on next spring’s municipal election ballot.

Russell’s attorney, Andrew Finko, said that based on previous rulings of the board, he doubted his client could prevail.

But Mike Kreloff, Revelle’s attorney, objected to the wording of the withdrawal motion, saying it attempted to politicize the process and included an attack on his client, who had followed state statutes and proper procedure.

The issue in Russell’s complaint centered around whether Revelle’s statement of candidacy should have been submitted at the same time as her nominating petitions and whether they should have been bound to each other.

In earlier decisions the board voted to let Eric Young, a candidate for 3rd Ward alderman, and Rebeca Mendoza, a candidate for 5th Ward alderman, appear on the ballot.

The board voted to exclude Shelley Ann Carrillo from the ballot because she failed to specify on her petitions that it was the 8th Ward aldermanic seat she was seeking. And Jane Grover dropped her effort to run for city clerk, after concluding she likely didn’t have enough petition signatures to withstand a challenge filed by Allie Harned.

With the Electoral Board actions, here’s the lineup of candidates running for city offices.

There will be a primary election to narrow the mayoral field on Feb.23 . All the other candidates won’t face the voters until April 6.

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