Kyles expects to stay on ballot despite objection
A Champaign city council member said he expects to remain on the ballot for April's municipal election despite his petitions being challenged.
Champaign City Attorney Fred Stavins said former Champaign Mayor Dan McCollum is objecting to incumbent Will Kyles' petitions based on signatures. Kyles is facing a challenge from former council member Gina Jackson in the race for the District 1 seat.
Kyles said he acted in good faith when gathering the required number of signatures, but he said there are a few problems with his petitions. That includes some people who were not registered voters, even though Kyles said he asked people if they were registered before letting them sign the petition.
Kyles also said he's learned two important lessons.
Kyles said the city benefits when there is a contested election and voters have a choice. He said if he is removed from the ballot, he will work to get on the ballot as a write-in candidate in April.
A preliminary hearing on the petiton objection is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. McCollum could not be reached for comment.
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