O’FALLON – Despite rulings from the city electoral board, a circuit judge has booted an alderman and treasurer candidate from the April ballot.
Associate Judge Chris Kolker ruled on February 15 that both Chris Hursey, who was running for an alderman position in Ward 5, and David Hursey, who was running for another term as the city’s treasurer, must be removed from the ballot. The objectors, both represented in circuit court by Belleville attorney Brian Flynn, stated that Chris didn’t properly label his paperwork that he was running for the unexpired two year term created when Mike Bennett stepped down and that David Hursey failed to get the proper number of signatures needed. Kolker agreed on both objections.
According to Chris Hursey, the hearing was scheduled at 1:30 p.m., however Judge Kolker arrived at 1:50 p.m.
“After ten minutes he had heard and ruled on Dave’s objection and then after another ten minutes he had heard and ruled on mine. All together we were given twenty minutes total. It was a very unfortunate atmosphere. It didn’t feel good sitting there watching this be decided in ten minutes when we had hours and hours of work invested into this,” Chris Hursey said. “I’m a very optimistic person by nature, but I was very down that day because I felt like it wasn’t justice. I want people to have the option to pick the person the want. If they want me, great, But if not, I can live with that. But I don’t want to lose on a legal technicality.”
Both candidates were given the opportunity to run as write-in’s and have decided to do so.
“People need to write-in ‘Chris Hursey’ and fill in the ‘write-in’ bubble. It has to be filled in. And make sure you’re doing it on the unexpired two-year vacancy seat. You’ll see my opponent’s name and then there should be a line under it,” Chris Hursey said.
Chris Hursey is running against Andrew Lopinot, while David Hursey is running against two other write-in candidates, Krist Vetri and Mary Lynam-Miller.