Oswego Police Investigating Township Candidate Election Petitions
Jan 06, 2017 10:33AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Martin Flowers and Herman Johnson both removed themselves after objections were filed regarding the validity of the signatures on their nominating petitions. Flowers had been a candidate for Oswego Township Highway Commissioner and Johnson was running for Township trustee.
Flowers currently serves as an Oswego Public Library District trustee.
The man who raised the objections, Richard Jacobsen, said he made a complaint with the Oswego Police department this week. Police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara would only confirm that an investigation had begun.
"This is an ongoing investigation, so we really don't have much we can say, but this alleging a forgery, so it is a criminal investigation, Nevara said.
Jacobsen, whose wife, Allyson, is also running for a seat on the Oswego Township Board, said he filed the objections and took the matter to police after noticing that many of the signatures on the petitions appeared to be similar.
"If you’re gong to run for public office, then you need to follow the procedures they have in place honestly," Jacobsen said.
Contacted Friday morning, Flowers refused to comment.
"Until I find out more, I'm just not going to say anything," he said.
Johnson had a similar reaction, saying he had yet to be contacted by police.