Two Candidates For Illinois House 67th District Are Removed From Primary Ballot

Jan 12, 2018

Two of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 67th District Illinois House seat have been removed from the ballot.

Lisa Jackson, left, and Wladimiro "Jesse" Aguirre

The seat has been occupied since 2014 by State Rep. Litesa Wallace, who is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss.

Former Rockford School Board member Lisa Jackson and former business owner Wladimiro “Jesse” Aguirre were removed Thursday for failure to have at least 500 valid signatures on their nominating petitions.

That leaves Gerald O. Albert, Valeri DeCastris, Angela Fellars, and Maurice A. West II seeking the Democratic nomination. No candidates have filed for the Republican nomination.

The challenges against both candidates were filed by Bradley Williams of Rockford.

The State Board of Elections examiners ruled that 133 of the 569 signatures submitted by Jackson were invalid. They also found that 237 of the 607 signatures submitted by Aguirre were invalid.

Objections to the petitions for both candidates included that the signers weren’t registered at the address on the petition or lived outside the 67th District, the signature wasn’t genuine, the address was missing or incomplete, or the person signed the petitions more than once.

Details of the objections were included in the State Board of Elections materials from the meeting Thursday in Chicago. Information about Jackson’s case are on page 503, and details on Aguirre’s case are on page 514.