Ward 5 challenger Matthew Koetters ultimately lost a bid to challenge Jennifer McDade's nominating petitions. (Photo By Paul Morello/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington Ward 5 candidate Matthew Koetters said Friday he was shocked to hear that Ward 5 incumbent Jennifer McDade spent $15,000 to $20,000 in legal fees to appeal the Bloomington Election Commission's decision to kick her off the ballot.
Koetters challenged McDade's filing petitions last month. He said he wouldn't have gone to such lengths to appeal the decision.
"I would have humbly said that I had made errors on the petitions and I would try again some other time," he said. "I was shocked. My wife and I listened to the podcast where she said that and we were shocked."
A McLean County judge reversed the BEC's decision two weeks ago and McDade has been restored to the ballot.
Koetters said he doesn't regret challenging McDade's petitions.
"Filling out those petitions needs to be taken seriously," he said. "I hope that people will take them more seriously. I know the judge put her back on the ballot and I don't plan to appeal. I think the judge's decision was rational and legal."