Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 8:20 pm
Rummels' mayoral election petition signatures challenged
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By Eric Timmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Rummels is facing a challenge to her candidacy for mayor of Rock Island that could knock her off the ballot.
The city's electoral board will convene at 6 p.m. today for a hearing on a challenge by Ronald Day that alleges some of the signatures presented by Ms. Rummels were not from Rock Island residents.
Ms. Rummels is one of four candidates for Rock Island mayor next spring. Others include incumbent Dennis Pauley and challengers Rick Cassini and David Levin.
Candidates were required to collect 322 signatures of Rock Island residents by Nov. 26 to get on the April 9 ballot.
Mr. Day, who is retired, alleges some signatures presented by Ms. Rummels had Iowa addresses which would make them ineligible. He said he supports Mr. Levin's candidacy.
Mr. Levin said he had no role in Mr. Day's challenge to Ms. Rummels' petitions.
Ms. Rummels, assistant director of admissions at Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities, said she will attend the electoral board meeting with her attorney. She's also a member of the Rock Island-Milan School Board.
Ms. Rummels said others helped her collect 325 signatures. If enough signatures are disqualified to lower the number of eligible signatures on her petition below 322, she could be removed from the April 9 ballot.
The electoral board will meet in the city council's chambers at Rock Island City Hall, 1528 3rd Ave.