Guest Column: Time to run as write-in candidate after losing appeal

By David Soll

Sometimes it is hard to write about an issue that directly affects you without sounding a bit callous. But here I am speaking to you, the reader, from the heart.

I cannot help but be disappointed that I lost my appeal on a technicality that was beyond my control. The court hearing that took place Feb. 15 was to determine if my appeal against the electoral board of Loves Park to remove me from the ballot was properly done or not. The foundation for the original reasoning for my petitions being challenged never even came up at the hearing.

The technicality in question appears to have been a minor misunderstanding between the court clerk and my lawyer on the exact payment amount for filing. By the time this issue was noticed by the court clerk, the business day was at an end. So, the appeal was not officially filed until the following Tuesday, making the filing date a day later than is allowed by law to be accepted. The decision by the judge to allow this technicality and not hear my appeal effectively removes my name from being printed on the ballot.

Regardless of the circumstance, not all is lost, as I am proud to announce and declare myself a “write-in” candidate for Loves Park City Council, Ward 2. I filed on the final day to guarantee the good people of Ward 2 of Loves Park will have a choice in the consolidated election on April 9 about who will be their alderman.

Even though my opponent and his lawyers used a technicality to keep my name from appearing on the ballot, I am still able to run. So now, my opponent must actually campaign to keep his job.

For my part, I know it is harder to win a “write-in” candidacy, but certainly not impossible. I am up for this challenge, and now it is up to me to prove my worth as a viable candidate for city council.

David Soll is a write-in candidate for Loves Park City Council, Ward 2. He will face incumbent Charles Frykman on the April 9 ballot.

From the March 20-26, 2013, issue

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