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Objections Filed Against Two 25th Ward Candidates

By Stephanie Lulay | December 8, 2014 8:14am
 Six candidates have filed to run for alderman in the 25th Ward.
Six candidates have filed to run for alderman in the 25th Ward.
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PILSEN — Objections have been filed against two 25th Ward aldermanic candidates, according to Chicago Board of Elections records.

The objections challenge the petitions of candidates Troy Hernandez and Roberto "Beto" Montano. Hernandez and Montano are two of six candidates running for the 25th Ward seat, including veteran Ald. Danny Solis.

The objections were filed by West Loop resident Reyahd Kazmi, director of business advancement and governmental affairs at the National Youth Advocate Program. Kazmi previously served as chief of staff for former Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and lives in the 25th Ward.

The electoral board will consider the objections in two hearings scheduled at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the lower level conference room, 69 W. Washington St. If the objections are successful, Hernandez and Montano would be kicked off the 25th Ward ballot.

In 2007 and 2011 races, the percentage of candidates who were successfully knocked off the ballot was about 28-29 percent, according to AlderTrack figures.

If the candidates beat the challenges, Hernandez, a data scientist, and Montano, a financial advisor, will square off against four other candidates: incumbent Solis; science teacher Ed Hershey; community activist Jorge Mujica; and Byron Sigcho, lead instructor at UIC's Center for Literacy.

The ward includes parts of Pilsen, Chinatown, the West Loop, Little Italy and Heart of Chicago.

The election is Feb. 24.

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