The three-member Champaign County Electoral Board issued its written decision Tuesday in the case of Frank v. Holderfield, the effort to remove Stephanie Holderfield from the March 20 Republican Party primary election ballot. Holderfield is running for circuit court clerk, as is Rick Winkel, a former state legislator.
Steve Frank alleged that Holderfield disqualified herself from the Republican ballot by signing the nominating petitions for Ben Carlson, a Democratic candidate for county auditor.
But the board members -- State's Attorney Julia Rietz, County Clerk Gordy Hulten and Sandy Romans, a representative of Circuit Clerk Linda Frank -- wrote that Holderfield is recognized as a Republican because she siged her own nominating petition on Sept. 11, as well as petitions for other local Republican candidates.
"The Board does not recognize Holderfield's subsequent statement of affiliation with the Democratic Party in Carlson's Nominating Petition," the board wrote.
The key finding of the electoral board in its written statement:
"On the record before the Board, striking Holderfield's Nominating Petitions and Statement of Candidacy would be a draconian sanction that would unduly frustrate the rights of the public to engage in the political process, and to endorse and nominate the candidate of their choice."