Today was the first day to file objections to candidate nominating petitions. As expected, signatures filed in behalf of Zehra Quadri have been challenged.
The objector is Abdul Rehman Shaikh, a petition circulator for Majid Mustafa, the only one of the four 50th Ward aldermanic candidates who does not yet have a campaign committee. Forgive me for asking how his operation is being funded.
The point of objections to petition signatures is to harass other candidates, forcing them to spend precious campaign dollars on legal help to get on the ballot.
You may have heard that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle planned to object to 14,000 petition signatures for fellow mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza. Former 50th Ward aldermanic candidate Shajan Kuriakose is one of the objectors to Mendoza’s petitions. He’s also filed objections to signatures for Lori Lightfoot, another Preckwinkle target. And he’s filed objections to signatures for two little known candidates for mayor, Catherine Brown D’Tycoon and Conrein Hykes Clark. Busy man.
I wish candidates had the guts to file their own objections. This business of hiding behind surrogates doesn’t fool anyone.
The dates for the challenges to be heard have not yet been determined. Stay tuned.