Tony Holland's name is on the April 9 ballot for Moline Township supervisor even though he says he's no longer running.
"I'm not asking people not to vote for me," the Republican said. "But I'm not running in the election."
Mr. Holland said he had planned to run, but changed his mind, and it was too late to have his name taken off the ballot. What would happen if he wins the election is unclear.
The reason Mr. Holland decided to withdraw from the race was because he was worried his candidacy would be challenged by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Don Johnston.
To be township supervisor, candidates must have lived in Moline Township for 12 months before their party's caucus.
Mr. Holland said he missed that window by two weeks and a friend told him Mr. Johnston would challenge his candidacy.
But Mr. Johnston did not challenge Mr. Holland's nominating papers in the week after he filed for the election, which usually is when challenges are made.
Mr. Johnston said he was aware of his opponents residency problems but decided to take the high road and not make an issue out of it."I don't like to throw people off the ballot," he said. "It's not smart politics."
If Mr. Holland would prevail in the April 9 election, Mr. Johnston said he would not take the matter to court. But the Democrat's word is not good enough for Mr. Holland, who said he doesn't believe that Mr. Johnston would leave the matter alone.
Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Jim Tenuto said that if Mr. Holland wins the election, he will be certified as the victor. Someone then would have to take an action in court to argue Mr. Holland was not qualified for the victory, for it to be invalidated.
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.