Two of the 10 candidates vying for four Valley View School District 365U school board seats will no longer be on the ballot.
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Bolingbrook resident Mir Ali objected to the petitions of Bolingbrook resident Ron Doweidt and Romeoville resident Robert Vandiver. Both Doweidt and Vandiver would have been newcomers to the board.
Ali testified that both men had failed to file the proper paperwork to run by the stated Dec. 26 deadline.
Candidates are required to file a statement of economic interest with the county clerk. The receipt of that statement, a statement of candidacy and the candidate's petitions are required to be filed in the district office on or before the close of business on Dec. 26.
In each case, Doweidt and Vandiver filed the statement of economic interest with the district, but this was done after 5 p.m. on Dec. 26.
Ali said that an incomplete application "weighs heavily on the integrity of the process."
"It's like a job application," Ali said. "If you don't fill it out correctly, you don't deserve a job interview."
Rich Gougis and Steve Quigley, members of the district electoral board, cited case law for similar cases. Both decided that for the integrity of the deadline to remain intact, it must be strictly enforced.
The remaining eight candidates include three incumbents and five challengers. The incumbents are Liz Campbell, Ronnie Bull and Chrystal Hansen. The challengers are Deborah Sykora, Sinatra Strong, Daniel Falese, Tonia Young Barr and Jaime Olson.