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Anthony asks Republican Party to drop challange against Severson

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 10:42 p.m. CDT

State Rep. John Anthony has asked that the objection against the petitions of Ron Severson, his opponent in the March Republican primary for the 75th House District, be dropped.

A Morris resident and the current chairman of the Grundy County Board, Severson filed his petition Nov. 27 in Springfield to run in the GOP primary. He is challenging Anthony, of Plainfield, who was appointed to the seat in August to replace Republican Pam Roth after she resigned to move to Texas with her family.

The objection to Severson's campaign were filed Dec. 9 by Keith Becker of Millington and Charles Walton of Plano. Anthony said he was not behind the objection and never asked for the petitions to be challenged. He said it was the House Republicans Organization's move.

According to the Illinois Board of Election's website, the objection was still pending as of noon Friday.

"I believe that healthy competition is good for our elections and people should be able to run for public office if they so choose," Anthony said in a news release. "I have asked HRO to drop their challenge to my opponent's petitions and they agreed to do so. I am very honored to serve as state representative and I am grateful for the enormous level of support I have received thus far. I will continue to work hard on behalf of the citizens of the 75th District bringing common sense back to Springfield."

When Severson received the news from the Morris Daily Herald, he said he was glad to hear it, but that he was fully prepared to challenge the objections made against his petitions. He said the objections included claims that some of the signatures were not registered voters and that a notary was not validated.

Severson said he had documentation proving all the objections wrong.

"I was very well prepared to challenge the objections," he said.

"I appreciate that we can get back to talking about the issues," Severson said.

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