On Behalf of Alice Saudargas:
Former Rockford School Board member Alice Saudargas today filed papers declaring her intent to be a write-in candidate in the April 9, 2013 election.
Saudargas said she filed the declarations of intent with the Winnebago County Clerk and Rockford Board of Elections because school officials refuse to allow her to defend the petitions she submitted in December 2012 to place her name on the ballot. The attorney for the Rockford School District Electoral Board informed Saudargas in letter dated January 28, 2013 that her request was being denied.
Saudargas was hospitalized and unable to attend previously scheduled hearings or retain legal counsel to appear on her behalf. An attorney has since agreed to represent Saudargas pro bono, and a second request for the Electoral Board to reconsider its decision is being drafted. If that effort fails, Saudargas may run as a write-in. The deadline to secure a designated write-in space is February 7.
“It seems ridiculous to me that you should have to lawyer up just to get your name on the ballot,” Saudargas said. “All I’m asking for is basic fairness and common courtesy. I’d like the chance to explain why I believe I met the election requirements, but the powers-that-be ruled against me while I was flat on my back.”
If Saudargas is kept off the ballot, the only name before voters will be that of Ken Scrivano, an executive at SwedishAmerican Health System. The objection to Saudargas’ candidacy was filed by a SwedishAmerican employee being represented by the Holmstrom & Kennedy law firm.
Saudargas contends that nine of 28 signatures deemed invalid by the Electoral Board should be counted; she has previously released copies of affidavits from registered voters confirming that their signatures on her petitions are authentic and that they live in her subdistrict. Combined with 43 uncontested signatures, Saudargas would have more than the 50 signatures that are required for her name to appear on the ballot.
Saudargas, a retired teacher and principal, represented subdistrict C for 11 years before finishing second in a three-way election in 2011.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Former Rockford School Board member Alice Saudargas is not backing down.
On Thursday she filed to be a write-in candidate for the upcoming school board election. You may recall last month election officials removed Saudargas' name from the ballot, after they ruled she didn't have enough petitions.
The 96-year-old says she has more than the required 50 signatures and has asked the election board to reconsider. The school board election is on April 9th.