Vernon Hills Trustee Cindy Hebda, who is running for the GOP nomination in the 59th Legislative District, today easily survived a challenge to her petitions that was filed by the Madigan Democrats (specifically Steven Rosenzweig, who is chairman of the Vernon Township Democrats).
We first noted this back in November, and criticized the Dems for interfering in a GOP primary. So, we are pleased that the Dem fishing expedition has been soundly rejected by the State Board of Elections. In fact, although the hearing officer had recommended that Hebda be kicked off the ballot, apparently the SBE counsel disagreed, and the vote today by the SBE itself (which is split 4-4 among Dems and Republicans) voted an astounding 7-1 in favor of keeping Hebda on the ballot.
This sets up a three-way primary battle between Hebda, second-time candidate attorney Dan Sugrue, and businessman Mohan Manian.
The spot is the next-best thing to an open seat and is a pick-up opportunity for the GOP, since the current incumbent, Carol Sente, was appointed to the office to fill the shoes left by retiring State Rep. Kathy Ryg. Sente is facing a stiff primary challenge from Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstein.
So, campers, this is definitely shaping up to be one to watch. Stay tuned.