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Bean opponent faces a petition challenge from fellow Democrat
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 11/15/2007 12:16 AM

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One of the Democrats hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean is trying to knock another challenger off the Feb. 5 primary ballot.

Writer and activist Randi Scheurer has filed a formal objection to fellow Democrat Jonathan Farnick's candidacy, alleging his nominating petition does not have enough valid signatures.

The names and addresses of more than 200 of the people who signed Farnick's petition do not match voter-registration records, Scheurer said.

"These people are not registered at the addresses they said they were at," said Scheurer, 56, of Lindenhurst.

The candidates need at least 869 signatures to appear on the primary ballot. Farnick, a 39-year-old Woodstock computer consultant, submitted only 892, so if more than 23 signatures are disqualified, he'll lose his place on the ballot.

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold hearings for this and other candidate objections Monday at the Thompson Center in Chicago. The hearings will begin at 10:30 a.m., officials said.

The case likely won't be resolved Monday, officials said.

Farnick was headed to Chicago on Wednesday to review Scheurer's objection. He said he personally collected the vast majority of signatures on his petition.

Farnick criticized Scheurer for objecting to his petition because her husband, Bill, had problems with his own petition when he ran against Bean in 2006 as an independent.

"I didn't think she'd have the audacity to contest," Farnick said.

A Bean campaign spokesman declined to comment.

The 8th District includes northwest Cook, western Lake and eastern McHenry counties. Bean, of Barrington, first won election in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006.

Farnick unsuccessfully challenged Bean as a write-in candidate two years ago. Scheurer is seeking public office for the first time.

Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination in the 8th District race: Kenneth Arnold, Steve Greenberg and Kirk Morris.

Moderate Party candidate Iain Abernathy is also seeking the seat.