Illinois Green, the only competition on the ballot, faces signature challenge in school board race


Berwyn, IL —Rita Maniotis knew that running a campaign for school board in Morton High School District 201 would be  difficult, but she didn’t anticipate a legal fight just to get on the ballot.

Paul Nosek of Berwyn and Alejandro Rueda of Cicero have filed a formal objection to Maniotis’ nominating papers and thrown her candidacy into legal limbo.

Maniotis would represent the fourth candidate for the three open seats up for grabs in April’s election. A successful objection to her candidacy would ensure that incumbents Jeffry Pesek and Micheal Iniquez win back their seats, and newcomer Mark Kraft would fill the seat vacated by Derek Dominick.

“I realize it’s legal to object to anything you want to, but it’s not necessarily ethical,” Maniotis said. “They even objected to the signature of my son and daughter…”

Maniotis filed 79 signatures, but needed only 50 to be put on the ballot. If the county determines she has enough valid signatures, the technical objections will be heard.

Although school board elections are supposed to be non-partisan, Maniotis has previously run for state representative as a green party candidate, and Nosek is listed by the Illinois State Board of Elections as the treasurer of the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn.

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