Challenge made against Skokie mayoral candidate
Updated: February 11, 2013 6:43AM
SKOKIE — A resident who filed nominating papers to run against Mayor George Van Dusen in the April 9 election has been challenged on several grounds.
A hearing by the local Election Board is slated for 8:30 a.m. Friday in the main conference room of Skokie Village Hall. The board will rule on whether Hilaire Fuji Shioura can stay on the April 9 ballot to oppose the incumbent mayor.
The local board is usually made up of the mayor, the senior trustee and the village clerk, but because Shioura would oppose Van Dusen, the next senior trustee will replace him.
That means that Trustees Don Perille and Randy Roberts and Village Clerk Marlene Williams will make up Friday’s ruling Election Board.
Sherwin Ditlove and John W. Arden filed the challenge to Shioura’s nominating papers on the grounds that the candidate did not file a receipt of economic interest or a statement of candidacy and his papers were not bound properly.
Should Shioura be kicked off the ballot, it would leave Van Dusen of the ruling Caucus Party unopposed, but the Caucus Party’s six slated candidates will face rare competition as three independents have also filed for the six open trustee seats.