Five candidates are seeking three seats on the Normal Public Library Board. (B. Corbin/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - The Normal Municipal Officers Electoral Board has ruled that two candidates seeking seats on the Normal Public Library Board had petitions in order and one did not.
There were six total candidates seeking three open seats on the board, including Charles Sila, Karl Sila, Katherine Rexroad, Dawn Wilson, Erik Bush and Terry Lindberg.
Charles Sila and Terry Lindberg filed a challenge to Katherine Rexroad's petition claiming she had 15 signatures but needed 25. Lindberg also filed petition challenges against Chuck Sila and Karl Sila claiming the two didn't complete the paperwork, including missing dates, failing to add the town name and not adding enough information to the statement of candidacy.
The electoral board, which consisted of Mayor Chris Koos, councilman Jeff Fritzen and Normal Clerk Wendy Briggs, ruled Monday that the two Silas were compliant with state laws, but Rexroad was ten signatures short.
Rexroad tried to withdraw from the ballot but town attorney Steve Mahrt said she couldn't hand in her withdrawal in the hearing and she needed to have the paperwork notarized.
Two, six-year term positions and one, four-year term position will be elected April 9, 2013. The two year positions expire in 2019 and the four year term comes up for election again in 2017.
Charles and Karl Sila already serve on the board. Bush is the Unit 5 business manager. Terry Lindberg is the former McLean County administrator. Wilson works at State Farm. Rexroad used to work for the town of Normal.