There will be a Democratic primary for governor. The state Board of Elections was set to rule Thursday on whether Tio Hardiman and running mate Brunell Donald could stay on the ballot, but now will not have to do so, because the objectors, at the behest of Gov. Pat Quinn, withdrew their objection. That means Hardiman will be on the ballot to challenge the governor for the Democratic nomination.
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“It looked like there would be a court case that would be litigated and I just didn’t think that was the way to go, so it’s better to have an election, and we’ll see how the results come out,” Quinn said. Hardiman is an anti-violence advocate who lives in Hillside. The challenge against Donald alleged that she lived at an address different from the one on the petition. The question was whether, if she was disqualified, Hardiman would be disqualified too. Since this case will now be decided neither by the Board of Elections nor in court, that question remains unresolved.
Board of Elections Executive Director Rupert Borgsmiller says that question will remain open unless lawmakers amend the statute. There is also the question of whether removal of a running mate for technical reasons should affect the surviving candidate any differently than if one member of the ticket withdrew for personal reasons or died before Election Day.