How difficult is it for someone to follow simple guidelines or rules, especially if that someone wants to vote on guidelines or rules for others to follow. Naperville has three ‘someones’ who need to explain why they apparently don’t need to follow simple rules.
This Monday at 9 a.m. two candidates (Derek McDaniel and Nag Jaiswal) running for election to the Naperville city council, along with mayoral candidate Tiffany Stephens, will seek approval from the Naperville Electoral Board to continue their quest to run for election in spite of challenges filed regarding their nominating petitions.
The Board consists of Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, councilman Paul Hinterlong, and City Clerk Pam Gallahue. Board members have no horse in the race; Chirico is not seeking re-election for a third term, Hinterlong has termed-out, and the city clerk is not an elected position.
Tiffany Stephens candidacy is being challenged because she has suppossedly not resided in Naperville for at least one year as required by Illinois municipal code. McDaniel’s petitions are being challenged because the sheets were not properly numbered consecutively or secured as required by Illinois election code, and Jaiswal’s petitions were not “uniform or consistent” per state election code. Some petition pages apparently listed the office as ‘City Council’, or ‘Naperville City’ rather than ‘Naperville City Council’.
Other “infractions” for some of the three included, improper dates, different ink-colored heading fields, the county or city field was missing or incorrect.
Granted, some of the errors or breaches, were minor in nature (other than the question of residency), however attention to detail is a huge requirement for anyone seeking election. Elected officials require “common folk” to abide by rules they create, hence the good folks of Naperville should expect no less from those seeking and being elected to office.