Will County Board member Deutsche loses appeal to stay on ballot
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain Sun-Times Media September 14, 2012 4:22PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:36AM
Will County Board member Katrina Deutsche has lost her fight to stay on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Deutsche (D-Crete) filed to run for re-election as a Democrat in the primary, but her nominating petitions were challenged and she withdrew.
In June, Deutsche tried to file new nominating papers so she could run in the Nov. 6 election as an independent. Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots refused to accept the petitions because a new state law had taken effect that prohibited the move.
According to the new law, primary candidates who file a statement of candidacy from an established political party cannot run as an independent candidate in the subsequent general election.
Deutsche appealed Voots’ decision but Judge Susan O’Leary backed Voots. Deutsche appealed to the 3rd District Appellate Court in Ottawa, but the court denied her appeal.
Deutsche, who was first elected to the board in 2008, said when she decided to run as an independent in November, there was no rule prohibiting it as long as her name had not appeared on the primary ballot. But the new law was passed March 30.
“I think it’s a good case of how the political system is stacked against independents,” she said.
While she knows she won’t be on the county board after the election, Deutsche said she has truly enjoyed her time in office.
“I loved serving the people and I’ll still stay involved in the community, just as I was before I ever got on the board,” she said. “I met people and learned all kinds of things. It was a fantastic experience.”