Two Valley View School Board Candidates Kicked Off Ballot

Two men who filed to run for the Valley View School District 365U school board will not be on the April 9 ballot.

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. 


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Jimmy J January 16, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Gougis and Quigley are current members of the board. Don't they have a conflict of interest in ruling on who gets on the ballot? We need change on this board. I recommend voting for the best challengers who will represent the tax payers.
tom January 16, 2013 at 04:56 PM
In this case, it doesn't matter if they're members of the board or not.Either the paperwork was filed by the proper time/date or it wasn't. If it wasn't, the person has to be removed from the ballot.
Bob Jamesly January 16, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Do the job right or don't do it at all. Election challenges are commonplace and potential candidates should "cross all the t's and dot the i's".
my opinion January 16, 2013 at 07:58 PM
"Ali testified that both men had failed to file the proper paperwork to run by the stated Dec. 26 deadline." Now just how in the world did he know that their "statements of economic interest" were turned in late? How would someone know that? Did he review all the petitions looking for what he says is an incomplete application, which "weighs heavily on the integrity of the process." What a stand-up guy!!!! Protecting the good people of the district from these charlatans. What vested interest does he have in reducing the number of candidates? So many questions...........
poker face January 17, 2013 at 01:02 AM
That's right Tom. We here in Bolingbrook and Romeoville want to make sure that we get the best candidates for this board. We should praise Mr Mir Ali for looking into this matter for all of us. I wonder which incumbent asked/told him to do this............or did this order come directly from the head office himself! Hey everyone we had better watch it w/ people setting up /appointing board members because when they get more experienced in shoddy political schemes we may have to build a second hospital so we have room for more board members.
poker face January 17, 2013 at 01:06 AM
This is a good recomendation Jim. Why does this never happen. The good candidates are made fun of, threatened, or booted out due to a technicality,....only in Bolingbrook.
tom January 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM
poker face, The issue at hand is if the candidates followed the rules. If they can't follow a simple rule of filing by the proper date, they can't be on the ballot. That would open the door to a legal mess. Why does everything always have to turn into a conspiracy theory? If he was put up by someone to challenge, maybe it was some of the other new candidates that wanted to increase their odds of being elected.
Donna KPG January 17, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Does it matter who complained, or why? If the filings were not done according to published rules, they are ineligible. We should be holding our board members to the same standards we expect of our children. If a student is given the dates to turn in an assignment and is told, when he tries to turn it in late, that he is too late to receive credit, what message are we sending to the student if we allow prospective board members to remain on the ballot when they miss a deadline? Rules and parameters are set for good reason and we should be teaching our kids to follow them, not bend/break them.
Marie January 17, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Well said, Donna!
charles January 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM
I guess Donna and Marie are unaware of the retake/retest/redo policy in VVSD!
poker face January 18, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Why 2 more seats at the taste of PAKISTAN of course
poker face January 18, 2013 at 02:05 AM
This happens at most of the Bol./Romeo elections. Even x bear Mongo is getting a taste.
poker face January 18, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Tom, You are forgetting something here called balls. How about manning up. Why don't these "other candidates" leave their names on the investigations? I don't agree. I guess Roger really wasn't drunk driving in Naperville too.
poker face January 18, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Thanks Charles. Also remember when they wanted to get rid of the busses and drivers? That kinda went away and I'm glad. They had no money and they save if this went thru. When I'm on the road I see brand new busses.........alot of them. HMMMMM.
tom January 18, 2013 at 01:27 PM
poker face, WOW! You sure sound racist! Let's see if the Patch allows your racist comment to remain.
poker face January 19, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Tom , I am not racist.....why would/do you think that. I have lived here for ever and seen it all .......................For every one to know, racist I am not.
tom January 19, 2013 at 02:16 AM
poker face, When you make comments like you did about someone's "home land", it sure sounds like you are.
poker face January 19, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Tom get w/ it. If you're looking for a fight/argument about me being a racist forget about it. You keep bringing it back. So....if I mention that in certain Asian countries it is okay to eat puppies; is that being racist too. The point was Tom from me was who in the hell is MR MIR ALI. . This happens evey election. It's never the "other candidates" that find these techicalities. Politics stinks here in this town & Will county. I'm not argueing that these guidelines should not be followed! Gees man everyone jumps on it. Yes these should be followed...............it's always someone out of the circles that file these charges. Maybe I'm wrong w/this comment & I'm sure all the proppers will respond as the pinkie finger in the air while sipping their tee; shouldn't that be the job of the clerk? We forget her in Bab Brook we have incombants that sit on their own election boards making these decissions. Surely, I would not consider the booted off folks as cheaters, because both Rome/BB............wether it's the VVSB,Chambers of commerce,mayors,trustees, or even mm hospital boards,whatever the cheaters are all ready in office.
neighbor January 19, 2013 at 03:30 PM
"shouldn't that be the job of the clerk?" Who is the Clerk for the Valley View 365U school district that should have objected?


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