Oswego Township Nominating Petitions Questioned
Dec 27, 2016 01:15PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Martin Flowers and Herman Johnson have both withdrawn their nominating petitions.
A former candidate for Oswego Township Highway Commissioner is questioning the nominating petitions of two other candidates running for township offices in April's local election.
Richard Jacobsen, who is also the husband of Township Trustee candidate Allyson Jacobsen, filed objections to the petitions of both Martin Flowers, a candidate running for Township Highway Commissioner, and Herman Johnson, a candidate also running for trustee.
In his objections, Jacobsen states that nearly all of the signatures on the petitions of both Flowers and Johnson appear to be written in the same handwriting. Jacobsen also claims that some names on the petitions are not registered voters in the township.
Jacobsen filed his objections with Oswego Township Clerk George Hettrich Tuesday morning. Hettrich told WSPY he is currently seeking legal counsel on how to proceed with petition objection hearings, which will determine whether Flowers and Johnson are removed from the ballot.
Also on Tuesday, a ballot lottery was held to determine the order of candidates in several Township races. According to WSPY, the following will be the order in which the candidates appear on the April 4, 2017 ballot:
Michael Becker (Republican)
Dan Koukol (Independent)
Brian LeClerq (Independent)
Jeffrey S. Christiansen (Republican)
Robert D. Rogerson (Independent)
Township Trustee (vote for 4)