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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert has officially secured a second two-year term in Washington, D.C.

A mandatory recount of votes cast in the Garfield County Republican’s narrow 2022 win over Democrat Adam Frisch, a former Aspen City Councilman, was completed Monday. Boebert’s margin of victory over Frisch shrunk to 546 votes, or 0.07 percentage points, from 550 votes before the recount. 

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Boebert lost three votes in the recount, while Frisch gained 1 vote. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said the slight changes were made after bipartisan teams of election judges “readjudicated ballots and reviewed all under or over voted ballots for voter intent.”

In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday night, Boebert thanked her supporters and declared victory in the race for a second time. 

“This responsibility (of) being in the majority holds requires discipline and targeted focus,” she said. “It’s time we show how to get real work done for the people. We as Republicans must now show people we deserve to be in the majority.”

The recount in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which spans the Western Slope into Pueblo and southeast Colorado, had to be completed by Tuesday. Frisch conceded to Boebert on Nov. 18 after it became clear that the recount wouldn’t reverse the congresswoman’s small margin of victory.

“The likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small,” Frisch said last month. “Very, very small. It would be disingenuous and unethical for us, or any other group, to continue to raise false hope.”

Boebert’s margin of victory this year was one of the smallest of any congressional race in the country.

Under Colorado law, a mandatory recount occurs when the number of votes separating the two leading candidates is less than 0.5% of the number of votes cast for the leading candidate. When the recount began Nov. 30, Boebert was leading Frisch by 550 votes, or about 0.3% of the 163,842 votes cast for her.

The 3rd Congressional District leans 9 percentage points in the GOP’s favor, according to an analysis by nonpartisan Colorado redistricting staff. Republicans have a voter registration advantage in the district, which has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since 2008. 

Boebert blamed her small margin of victory on other Republican candidates. 

“I don’t know if there wasn’t enough enthusiasm for our top ticket candidates for governor and Senate or what happened there,” Boebert said last month, according to The Wall Street Journal, “but there was a lot of shifting in the votes.”

But a Colorado Sun analysis of votes cast in the 3rd District showed all but one GOP candidate for major statewide office outperformed Boebert in the district this year. The Sun compared the votes cast in Boebert’s race with the results of five major statewide contests in 26 of the 27 counties in the 3rd District, which spans the Western Slope into Pueblo and southeast Colorado. 

The Sun didn’t analyze the votes cast in Eagle County because just a sliver of the county — an area in the Roaring Fork Valley where roughly 6,000 voters live — is in the 3rd District. Boebert lost in the Eagle County part of the 3rd District by 44 percentage points, or about 1,800 votes. 

Adam Frisch, the Democratic candidate in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district, and his wife, Katie (left), arrive at the Hyatt Regency, in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

In the 26 counties whose election results were analyzed by The Sun, Boebert beat Frisch by 2,375 votes, or 0.7 percentage points. The only Republican candidate for major statewide office who performed worse than Boebert in those counties was Heidi Ganahl, who lost to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis by 1.62 percentage points, or roughly 5,000 votes.

Ganahl lost to Polis statewide by more than 19 percentage points in the worst showing by a gubernatorial candidate in two decades. 

County clerks in the 3rd District will be reimbursed by the state for the cost of conducting the recount.

The Secretary of State’s Office on Monday night also certified the results of the 2022 election. More than 2.56 million ballots were cast, 95% of which were cast using a mail ballot.

Turnout among Colorado’s 3.7 million active, registered voters was 67%. Turnout among the eligible voting population was 59%.

Unaffiliated voters cast 40% of the ballots this year, while Democrats cast 30% and Republicans cast 28%.

In terms of registration, 45% of the electorate is unaffiliated, while 28% are registered as Democrats and 25% are registered as are Republicans.

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Killexams : Election certification delays few, but a 'test run' for 2024

Before November, election officials prepared for the possibility that Republicans who embraced former President Donald Trump's lies about voter fraud would challenge the verdict of voters by refusing to certify the midterm results.

Three weeks after the end of voting, such challenges are playing out in just two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania, where Democrats won the marquee races for governor and Senate.

Legal experts predict the bids are doomed because local governmental agencies typically don't have the option to vote against certifying the results of their elections. But experts also say the delays are a signal that the United States must brace itself for similar disruptions in the next presidential contest.

“It is one of the few places where election deniers have a lever of power,” Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said of the local political authorities responsible for certifying election results in most states. “It’s a good test run for 2024, showing state courts they’re going to have to step in.”

For now, the certification delay in a smattering of rural counties in just two states reflects the limited ability of election conspiracy theorists to disrupt the midterms. One rural Arizona county has drawn court challenges after its refusal to certify, but a second one that was flirting with blocking certification backed off amid legal threats.

In Pennsylvania, a handful of the state's 67 counties have delayed certification because of recounts demanded by local conspiracy theorists in scattered precincts. But in most states, certification has gone smoothly.

“Before Election Day, I thought Republicans would exploit the certification process to undermine election results,” said Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who has sued to compel the lone Arizona county to certify.

That there's only one county delaying so far in that important battleground state, where Republican candidates who denied Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential race ran unsuccessfully for governor and secretary of state, is “good news, and a bit of a surprise,” Elias said.

In Wisconsin, where Trump pressured Republican lawmakers to decertify the 2020 results, the chair of the state elections commission certified the results of the midterm election during a quick meeting Wednesday without fanfare. Minnesota, where the failed Republican secretary of state candidate had cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, the state canvassing board certified this year's results without drama on Tuesday.

The smooth outcome in most of the country is a reflection of the diminished opportunities election conspiracy theorists have to control elections after a number of their candidates were routed in statewide elections for positions overseeing voting. They're largely left with a footprint in conservative, rural counties. Still, that's enough to cause headaches for having the election results certified on a statewide basis, raising concerns about how rural counties might respond after the next presidential election.

The movement that embraces Trump's lies about voting hoped it would have many more levers after November. Candidates who backed Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election ran for top posts with power over state voting — including secretary of state, which in most states is the top election position — in five of the six swing states that were key to Trump's 2020 loss. They lost every race in each of those states.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs defeated Trump-backed Republican Kari Lake in the race for Arizona governor, flipping it out of the GOP category, and a Democrat also won the race to replace Hobbs. A Democrat defeated an election conspiracy theorist running for Nevada secretary of state, shifting another swing-state election office from the GOP.

On the local level, the picture is blurrier.

There are more than 10,000 local election offices in the country that follow guidelines set by secretaries of state or other agencies that their states designate as the top election authorities. That's where conspiracy theorists won at least some new offices and still have the power to disrupt proceedings.

During the June primary in New Mexico, rural Otero County refused to certify the results of its election, preventing the state from making the winners official until the state Supreme Court ordered it to act. That set a template that election lawyers feared would be vastly replicated in the weeks after the midterms. But this time, even Otero County certified its winners without a delay. New Mexico's canvass board certified the statewide results Wednesday.

In Michigan, where a GOP slate of election conspiracy theorists was defeated in statewide races, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, Kristina Karamo, implored the state's bipartisan board of canvassers not to certify the election during a hearing this week. Karamo insisted there had been widespread fraud, even though she lost her race against Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson by more than 13 percentage points.

Tony Daunt, the Republican chair of the certification board, responded by blasting candidates who “feed into this nonsense” by making “claims that fire everybody up because it’s a short-term gain for them, and that’s dangerous to our system.” The board unanimously certified the election.

In Pennsylvania, the most prominent certification hiccup has come in Luzerne County, north of Philadelphia, which voted for Trump by 14 percentage points in 2020. County commissioners delayed certifying the election on Monday after one Democrat abstained from voting following an Election Day fiasco in which the election office ran out of ballots.

The Democrat, Daniel Schramm, joined the two other Democratic commissioners on the five-member board Wednesday to certify the vote after telling reporters he was confident no citizen was unable to vote. Certification is being delayed in a few other counties after local Republican committees and voters requested recounts.

In Arizona, the two Republicans on Cochise County's three-member county commission blew past Monday's certification deadline, saying they needed more information on the certification of vote tabulators, even though there have been no problems with voting or ballot counting in their county.

The secretary of state's office has sued, saying that it must certify the state's elections by Dec. 8.

“The only legal effect this has is to disenfranchise all their voters,” said David Becker of the Center for Election Innovation.

The efforts to delay certification are dangerous even if they're doomed to fail, Becker and others said. They continue to sow discontent and distrust of voting and democracy.

David Levine, a former election official who is a fellow with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, noted that conspiracy theories about elections have reached such a fever pitch in Arizona that Bill Gates, the Republican chair of the county commission in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. has been given additional security by the local sheriff.

“When you deliver legitimacy to baseless accusations about the election process, there is a concern that more of that will occur," Levine said.

Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, certified its election results on Monday, after dozens of attendees demanded the board not do it. Some complained about printer malfunctions in the county, the state's most populous, that led to confusion and long lines on Election Day — even though Maricopa officials said everyone had a chance to vote and that all legal ballots were counted.

In other counties, activists also spoke out against certification, though unsuccessfully. In Yavapai County, north of Phoenix, a woman who gave her name as Nancy Littlefield, wearing a hoodie patterned on the American flag, made clear that part of her objections were because she simply didn't like the outcome of the election.

She urged Yavapai board members not to certify the vote because “I moved from California so I could be free and live my life and have my voice heard.”

Associated Press writers Joey Cappelletti in Lansing, Michigan; Jonathan J. Cooper and Anita Snow in Phoenix; Christina A. Cassidy in Atlanta; and Mark Scolforo in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.

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Killexams : Donald Trump Loses His Free Pass Over Presidential Lawsuits

Donald Trump is at risk of being ruled liable over lawsuits related to actions during his presidency after a federal judge rejected a claim of absolute immunity in one suit.

On Monday, Washington District Judge Emmet Sullivan said Trump cannot use the presidential immunity defense in response to a lawsuit brought forward by the NAACP and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

The suit claims Trump and the Republican National Committee committed civil rights violations by attempting to disenfranchise voters in the days after the 2020 Election by ways of "targeted harassment, intimidation, and efforts to prevent the complete counting and certification" of valid ballots in a number of states.

Trump's legal team had attempted to argue that the former president is "absolutely immune" from damages liability as his actions were on the "outer perimeter" of his official responsibility.

Former president Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally to support local candidates at the Mohegan Sun Arena on September 03, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In his ruling, Sullivan said that Trump cannot use absolute immunity to defend himself from the accusations he faces in the lawsuit, but did not determine that the former president could be liable for what the NAACP and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization claim.

"If former President Trump disrupted the certification of the electoral vote count, as plaintiffs allege here, such actions would not constitute executive action in defense of the Constitution," Sullivan wrote.

"For these reasons, the court concludes that former President Trump is not immune from monetary damages in this suit."

The suit from the NAACP and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization is not the only one the former president's legal team has attempted to claim presidential immunity from.

In 2019, former Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll launched a defamation lawsuit over comments Trump made denying that he raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in New York in the mid-1990s.

The suit said that Trump defamed Carroll's character by accusing her of lying about the alleged assault to sell books and "make money," as well as denying the rape occurred because "she's not my type."

Trump's legal team said that he was doing his job as then-president by denying the rape allegations.

Following Sullivan's ruling, attorney Rachel Fiset, co-founder and managing partner of Zweiback, Fiset & Zalduendo law firm, has suggested that the former president could be at risk of being found liable in the defamation lawsuit if another judge agrees his comments are not protected by presidential immunity.

"Trump is continually attempting to hide behind the immunity offered to presidents acting in their official duties as president. In Trump's very unusual presidency, however, he attempted acts that arguably exceed the boundaries of his official duties," Fiset told Newsweek.

"For instance, seeking to overturn an election illegally and disenfranchise voters for his own gain can be found to go beyond official duties and cross into acts that are 'purely political' and therefore subject to liability as this ruling supports.

"Likewise, as defamation could be found to be outside the boundaries of 'official duties,' Trump risks liability in Ms. Carroll's suit against him as well," Fiset added.

On November 25, Carroll launched a new defamation lawsuit against Trump, covering a time when he was not president.

The new defamation lawsuit was filed in response to Trump repeating the "not my type" remark about Carroll in an October 12 statement posted on Truth Social while calling the initial suit as a "complete con job."

Alongside a fresh defamation claim, Carroll filed a battery suit against Trump while taking advantage of the New York's Adult Survivors Act becoming active.

The law, which was passed in May, allows alleged adult sexual assault victims one year to bring lawsuits even if the statute of limitations has expired.

Trump's legal team has been contacted for comment.

Correction 12/01/2022: This article has been amended to attribute quote to Rachel Fiset.

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Killexams : Greg Wallis leads Christy Holstege by 69 votes; deadline next week to seek recount

A voter drops off their ballot at the Palm Springs Public Library on Nov. 8.

Republican Greg Wallis was leading Democrat Christy Holstege by 85 votes on Wednesday in a tight race to represent California’s 47th Assembly District, with both candidates awaiting final vote updates from San Bernardino County amid the possibility of a recount.

Under state law, any registered voter can request a recount within five days of the vote certification scheduled for Thursday. That deadline will come in the middle of next week. (It falls on Tuesday or Wednesday, Dec. 13 or 14, depending on how the statute is read, and the San Bernardino registrar of voters said it's Tuesday.)

Holstege told The Desert Sun on Wednesday her team has not yet decided whether to ask for a recount.

“This is one of the closest legislative elections in California’s history, and we continue to eagerly watch as the last ballots are counted,” Holstege said, adding: “We have not yet made any decision on whether or not to request a recount. Out of respect to the voters and the democratic process, we are waiting until every vote is counted to make that decision.”

Wallis, a staff member for retiring Assemblymember Chad Mayes, has traded the lead with Holstege several times since Election Day, with the two separated by razor-thin margins in latest weeks as more ballots have been counted.

Holstege, a member of the Palm Springs City Council, won 54% of votes in Riverside County, where most of the district falls, but Wallis has kept a comfortable lead in San Bernardino County, bringing them within a historically close margin for a state legislative race.

Vote totals updated Wednesday afternoon showed Wallis with 84,752 votes to 84,667 for Holstege. While the results in Riverside County have been certified by the registrar of voters, a few hundred ballots were still being processed in San Bernardino County, though it’s unknown how many of those remaining are in Assembly District 47.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters was set to certify its election results Thursday, according to an office spokesperson.

Wallis, who lives in Bermuda Dunes, said the close margin in Assembly District 47 “makes it clear that everyone’s vote counts.”

“It’s important that we treat every ballot with respect by making sure that each it counted,” Wallis told The Desert Sun. “It may take a little time, but our democracy is worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing the final certified results on Thursday.”

Assembly District 47 encompasses much of the previous district represented by Mayes and includes most of the western and central Coachella Valley. The district also includes Banning, Beaumont and Idyllwild, and extends into Yucca Valley and Yucaipa in San Bernardino County.

Meanwhile, other newly elected legislators in California were sworn in Monday, the same day the Legislature began a special session to consider Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal for a “price gouging” penalty on oil companies. Democratic lawmakers maintain a comfortable supermajority following this year’s elections.

Tom Coulter covers the cities of Palm Desert, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells. Reach him at or on Twitter @tomcoulter_.

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Killexams : Political whiplash: New Fort Lauderdale commission gets off to rocky start John Herbst looks out onto the courtyard from the balcony of his apartment in northeast Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 22. The day before Herbst was to be sworn in, two losing candidates challenged his qualifications, claiming he'd moved into his District 1 apartment 19 days too late. © Mike Stocker / South Florida/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS John Herbst looks out onto the courtyard from the balcony of his apartment in northeast Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 22. The day before Herbst was to be sworn in, two losing candidates challenged his qualifications, claiming he'd moved into his District 1 apartment 19 days too late.

There’s a new bull in the china shop.

John Herbst, the city auditor fired by three of his commission bosses in a late-night meeting earlier this year, ran for Fort Lauderdale’s District 1 commission seat in November and won by a landslide. He now shares a seat on the dais with Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Steve Glassman, both of whom voted to fire him in February.

Commissioner John Herbst talks to reporters from the dais Tuesday after a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall in Fort Lauderdale. © Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS Commissioner John Herbst talks to reporters from the dais Tuesday after a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall in Fort Lauderdale.

His first day on the dais, Herbst came out charging.

Just hours after being seated Tuesday, Herbst said he’d like to see three people fired: The city attorney, the city manager and the mayor’s chief of staff.

Herbst said he’d lost confidence in the city attorney and city manager and wanted them both gone. Their fatal error, Herbst said, was in failing to follow the charter requirement that winning candidates be sworn in on the first Tuesday after the Nov. 8 election. Instead, the new commission had to wait nearly a month to be seated.

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner John Herbst takes his seat on the dais Tuesday morning to rousing applause. Six hours later, he told the commission he wanted both the city manager and city attorney fired for delaying the swearing-in ceremony in what he called a violation of the city charter. © Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS Fort Lauderdale Commissioner John Herbst takes his seat on the dais Tuesday morning to rousing applause. Six hours later, he told the commission he wanted both the city manager and city attorney fired for delaying the swearing-in ceremony in what he called a violation of the city charter.

Herbst also blasted the mayor’s chief of staff, saying he would have terminated him on the spot for contacting a losing candidate to inquire about why he withdrew his challenge to Herbst’s election.

Fort Lauderdale Commissioner John Herbst takes his seat on the dais Tuesday morning to rousing applause. Six hours later, he told the commission he wanted both the city manager and city attorney fired for delaying the swearing-in ceremony in what he called a violation of the city charter. © Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS Fort Lauderdale Commissioner John Herbst takes his seat on the dais Tuesday morning to rousing applause. Six hours later, he told the commission he wanted both the city manager and city attorney fired for delaying the swearing-in ceremony in what he called a violation of the city charter.

Trantalis quickly came to the defense of all three.

“I don’t know why you thought anybody was acting in a sinister capacity when everyone was trying to do the right thing,” he told Herbst. “I think we need to move forward. Campaigns are over.”

Sign of things to come?

Later, Trantalis noted the new commission’s first meeting had gotten off to a bit of a rough start.

Some residents said they were taken aback to see Herbst move so swiftly to take out key players at City Hall.

Herbst’s move to fire City Attorney Alain Boileau and City Manager Greg Chavarria fizzled when it failed to gain traction among the commission. But it could be a sign of things to come, observers say.

Fans say this much is clear: Herbst will be a force to be reckoned with, bringing a piercing scrutiny as a fiscal watchdog and years of institutional knowledge from his 16 years as the city auditor.

Critics say he came off like a bulldog, a well-muscled bruiser throwing his weight around on his first meeting as a seated commissioner.

“John hit the ground running,” said former mayor Jim Naugle. “He’s a sharp guy. He knows all the proper procedures and how things should be done on the financial end. It should be a fun year. There’s probably no other person more prepared because of his experience as the city auditor. With the election over, hopefully they are able to work together and get things done.”

But community activist Bill Brown said he was shocked to see Herbst go on the attack so soon.

“I talked to a few people, even John Herbst supporters, and they felt he was a little harsh for his first commission meeting,” Brown said. “He was like a Marine bulldog. His bulldog attitude came out at the first commission meeting. There’s five very different personalities up there now. They’re all grown adults and I hope that civility will prevail.”

Herbst has every reason to be miffed, his supporters say.

Herbst, a certified public accountant who served in the Marine Corps, got his first taste of political warfare after two losing candidates who ran against him filed a sworn affidavit questioning whether he’d met the city’s six-month residency requirement.

Herbst presented documents showing he rented an apartment in District 1 on April 14, ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

One candidate, real estate agent Chris Williams, ended up withdrawing his complaint days later.

The other, former county commissioner Ken Keechl, did not show up at City Hall Tuesday to make his case, so Herbst was seated to rousing applause.

Tame by comparison

Herbst was not the only new commissioner seated Tuesday. Warren Sturman and Pamela Beasley-Pittman were sworn in and served their first day on the commission.

Their demeanor, however, was tame by comparison.

During the commission conference meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Herbst sent shock waves through City Hall when he said he wanted to vote that night on whether to fire the city attorney and city manager.

Herbst then took aim at the mayor’s chief of staff, Scott Wyman.

“I am surprised you did not immediately terminate him,” Herbst told the mayor. “Had he been my employee he would have been out of a job on Monday morning.”

Herbst told the commission he wanted the city to hire an outside attorney to investigate whether Wyman had tampered with the election by contacting Williams. His motion failed when it did not get a second.

Wyman, a former government reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, declined to comment Friday.

Trantalis defended Wyman, saying he reached out after hearing a rumor that Williams withdrew his challenge after getting an intimidating call from someone claiming to be from the governor’s office.

Williams did not respond to Wyman’s text or voicemail, Trantalis said.

Williams could not be reached for comment by the Sun Sentinel despite repeated attempts.

New day on the dais

Trantalis said he was not surprised Herbt came out of the gate guns blazing. But he was disappointed, he said.

“Our city manager and city attorney have bent over backward to be fair,” the mayor said. “I think our city attorney and city manager did a great job and the issue is behind us. I do know the community is looking for a commission that can work together.”

The backlash should come as no surprise, said Charles Zelden, professor of history and political science at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

“That’s what happens when you get new members on a board — a change in personnel and a change in dynamic,” Zelden said. “This is how politics gets done. People have agendas and each of them will try to implement their agendas.”

And that can sometimes bring a clash of personalities, Zelden said, playing out in public for all to see.

Will the dynamic on the dais get better or worse?

“That’s hard to say,” Zelden said. “It might be he’s going to get it all off his chest in the beginning and will settle down. Or it could continue to be contentious. This could just be his style. We’ll find out in time.”

Herbst told the Sun Sentinel he plans to move on, but he promises to keep both staff and the commission on their toes.

“The issues I brought up were very pertinent to the election and they needed to be discussed immediately,” he said. “And they need to be resolved one way or the other. I needed to air my concerns and get them out in the public. And then we can move on.”

As for his no-nonsense style of communicating, sensitive types might find it a bit harsh, he admitted.

“You better have a tough skin if you’re going to get into government,” he said. “When people are saying I’m being forceful, no, I’m being direct. I feel like I have the obligation to set the record straight when statements are made that are not accurate. What people might perceive as me being harsh is me trying to set the record straight.”

‘Real financial chops’

But some people like his style just fine, Herbst said.

“My phone has been blowing up,” he said Wednesday, the day after his first commission meeting. “I’ve gotten over 100 text messages and emails from people all over the city, even people who voted against me. People are thrilled someone is up there who has a deep grasp of all the issues and knows how meetings are run and is going to take a business-like approach to things.”

Longtime resident Nancy Thomas was impressed by Herbst’s first day on the job.

“It’s about time we got somebody up there with some real financial chops,” she said. “He’s been watching these meetings for 16 years as the city auditor. He knows how things work and then some.”

Community leader Stan Eichelbaum also liked what he saw.

“It’s a new day,” Eichelbaum said. “John Herbst has terrific insights into the dynamics of the city and he wants to see integrity brought to the process at every turn. Some might have seen that first meeting as stormy but others saw a rainbow afterward, where we’re going to have transparency and integrity.”

In speaking to the Sun Sentinel, Herbst referred to a mantra he repeated often on the campaign trail: Experience matters.

“It makes me a formidable person up on the dais,” he said. “I can’t be bamboozled. I can’t be bullied. I’m going to address the issues in a civil manner, but I’m also going to be forceful in presenting my perspective. If there is one thing they should have figured out Tuesday night is I am not going to be cowed.”

Glassman had this advice for Herbst: “I sincerely hope he turns the page and moves on because there’s much work to do. At some point in time, all of us will be replaced. We all need to come together and do the work of the city. I do understand the depths of his feelings, but I do now look to him to turn the page and be part of the group that’s up there on the dais.”

Apparently, Herbst is planning to stick around awhile.

This weekend, he’s going house hunting.

And on Friday, he filed to run for re-election when his term ends in 2024.

Susannah Bryan can be reached at or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan

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Killexams : Naperville mayor, council candidates could be booted from April ballot if election challenges found valid

Naperville mayoral candidate Tiffany Stephens could be kept off the April 4 election ballot if an allegation that she does not meet the residency requirement is found to be valid.

Arian Ahmadpour, finance chair of the Will County Young Democrats, filed a challenge to Stephens’ nominating petitions this week as well as those submitted by Naperville City Council candidate Derek McDaniel.


In addition, Naperville council candidate Nag Jaiswal’s petitions are being challenged by Naperville resident Elizabeth Zega.

Naperville Electoral Board hearings for all three objections will start at 9 a.m. Monday in the Naperville Municipal Center council chambers.


The board consists of Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, Councilman Paul Hinterlong and City Clerk Pam Gallahue, who will hear arguments from both sides in each case and evaluate whether the objections raised are sufficient to keep the candidates off the ballot.

Electoral board members do not have a stake in the election. Chirico is not running for a third term, Hinterlong cannot run again because of term limits and the city clerk is not elected.

In order to be placed on an election ballot, a candidate must follow state rules in the nominating petitions they submit. There are specific requirements for the sheets candidates or their representatives present to people when asking for nominating signatures and for the people who sign them, including that they be a registered voter, live in the town or district where the elected seat is located and present a signature that matches the one on file with the county.

In his challenge to Stephens’ candidacy, Ahmadpour said she is ineligible to run for the office because she has not resided in Naperville for at least one year, as required by Illinois municipal code.

According to the documents he filed, Stephens was living in Aurora prior to July.

Derek McDaniel is running for Naperville City Council.

In the challenge to McDaniel’s petitions, Ahmadpour said they are invalid because the sheets were not correctly numbered or properly “secured or fastened as required by Illinois Election Code.”

The code states nominating papers “shall be neatly fastened together in book form, by placing the sheets in a pile and fastening them together at one edge in a secure and suitable manner, and the sheets shall then be numbered consecutively.”

According to the objection, numbering pages is mandatory and “serves as an important function to prevent tampering” and preserve “the integrity of the electoral process.”


Documents filed by Zega cited a similar alleged violation. Jaiswal’s petitions are “not uniform or consistent” as required by state election code.

While state code says “the heading on each sheet shall be the same,” some of Jaiswal’s pages list the office he’s seeking as “NAPERVILLE CITY COUNCIL,” three say “NAPERVILLE CITY” and one says “CITY COUNCIL,” documents show.

Nag Jaiswal is a candidate for Naperville City Council.

The objection also calls out sheets that say the consolidated primary date is April 4, 2023, and one that says the primary is April 4, 2022.

The consolidated election is April 4, 2023, and the primary, if held, is Feb. 28. There will be no primary in Naperville this year because the threshold to require one was not met.

One sheet has no election date listed at all, the challenge said.

Several sheets feature one or two heading fields completed in an ink color different from the color used in other fields, suggesting the details for the office at the top of the petitions were not complete when presented to someone for their signature, according to the challenge.


Also, the validity of at least 25 signature lines are being questioned because the city or county field was incorrect or missing.

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Killexams : Petition challenges could narrow field of Black candidates for Chicago mayor

The deadline for challenging the nominating petitions of candidates for mayor of Chicago came and went Monday with several attempts to eliminate a few of the eight African American candidates in the 11-member field.

Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson is trying to knock retiring Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) off the ballot. Community activist Ja’Mal Green is challenging Wilson.

And former state Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), a top adviser to Wilson, is challenging Green, adding yet another chapter to the political feud between Hendon and Green that includes a profanity-laced tirade between the two caught on video during the 2019 mayoral campaign.

Wilson told the Sun-Times he wants nothing to do with the Green challenge, calling Green a “non-factor” who “doesn’t even show 1%” in polls.

Sawyer is a different story.

The son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer filed a paltry pile of nominating petitions, giving him little cushion to stay above the 12,500-signature minimum. Sawyer’s South Side ward is fertile ground for Wilson after a lifetime of philanthropy and a more latest burst of goodwill generated by Wilson’s gas and grocery giveaways.

“I don’t think he’ll take much or a lot [of votes away]. But even if you took 10 votes from me, I still want ’em,” Wilson said Monday.

“We don’t think he has enough [signatures]. He only filed 17,000, I believe. And only 33% of ’em are good.”

Sawyer’s branded Wilson’s challenge the “height of hypocrisy” and an “insult” to the thousands of Chicagoans who signed his nominating petitions.

“Willie Wilson talks about being denied access to voting in his life. But now that he’s a wealthy man, he’s doing the exact same thing: denying people their choice by means of his wealth,” Sawyer was quoted as saying in a statement.

Claiming he has “sufficient signatures to pull through this,” Sawyer said Wilson “has no path to victory” but is “denying a more experienced, qualified candidate a chance to run.”

As for Green’s challenge against him, Wilson said: “I’m not worried about challenges. We got 61,000-plus signatures. I got 98% of mine in two weeks. Even if he challenges some of them as no good, we still got way more than enough.”

Green is not so sure.

After spending the last week combing through Wilson’s petitions, Green said he saw a “pattern of fraud that’s utterly disgusting” and suggests classic Chicago roundtabling.

“Over 45,000 signatures were fraudulent. People that did not sign. … There are dozens and dozens of pages that were missing. Dozens of pages that didn’t have sheet numbers. Dozens of pages that didn’t have notary stamps. Dozens of pages that didn’t have notary signatures. Dozens of pages that didn’t have circulator signatures. This fraud in the petition sheets was overwhelming and not like I’ve seen at any other time,” Green said.

“What’s crazy is you can look at the sheets and tell that the majority of the signatures on each sheet were done by one or two or three people. Hundreds of sheets that have the same handwriting that one person wrote, or 10 people. You’ll see the signature come back after the first, second or third one. This was roundtable at its best — and full fraud.”

Mayoral candidate Ja’Mal Green files nomination petitions for the 2023 Municipal Election at the Chicago Board of Elections Super Site on Nov. 21, 2022

In November, mayoral candidate Ja’Mal Green carried his nominating petitions to the Chicago Board of Elections in a ribbon-festooned wheelbarrow.

Green is also challenging Wilson’s residency, saying Wilson does business at his downtown penthouse but actually lives in a house in suburban Hazel Crest, something Wilson denies.

Hendon, who marshaled Wilson’s petition-gathering campaign, scoffed at Green’s claims of massive fraud.

“If Ja’Mal Green can go through 61,000 or 62,000 signatures of Willie Wilson’s and kick him off the ballot, then the Chicago Cubs will win the Super Bowl this year — and they don’t even play football,” Hendon said Monday.

“He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of knocking Willie Wilson off the ballot. He would be the only one to do it. So why is he doing it? He’s doing it because I’m challenging his stuff because, when he ran before and he saw things weren’t going his way, instead of being a man about it, he went to schoolyard stuff. He said he’d beat my old ass. His words. Told me if I came outside, he’d kick it right now. I went outside. Waited for him. When I came back into the Board of Elections, he had the police waiting for me.”

At Wilson’s direction, Hendon said he then had a private conversation with Green that Green recorded and posted on Facebook and Instagram.

“Then, he screamed out in the Board of Elections for everybody to hear, ‘Yo Mama!’ My mama is dead. I was like, ‘All right. Tell you what: If you ever run for anything — dogcatcher or butt-kisser — I’m gonna kick you off the ballot. You need to change your pull-ups. Change your Pampers. Get that pacifier out of your mouth.’ And that’s what I’m doing,” the always-outspoken Hendon said.

“It’s not a vendetta. I made him a promise. I’m keeping my promise.”

City Council races draw petition challenges, too

Petition challenges also were filed in 28 out of 50 wards on the Chicago City Council.

They included challenges to two candidates seeking the 1st Ward seat now held by Ald. Daniel La Spata: Sam Royko, son of the former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mike Royko, and former 1st Ward Ald. Proco Joe Moreno, who lost the seat to La Spata after a self-destructive string of scandals.

Also, in the 14th Ward, the nominating petitions of a candidate with ties to longtime Ald. Edward Burke has been challenged. (Burke, facing a trial on federal corruption charges, has chosen to retire). The challenge to Raul Reyes, a member of Burke’s 14th Ward organization, comes from Jeylu Gutierrez, who has the backing of mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Petition challenges also were filed against four incumbents: Ald. Greg Mitchell (7th), Ald. Michele Harris (8th), Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th).

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