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Boseneiler won't be on Rock Falls ballot

Board cites failure to pay fines on time; complaints against Blanton, Wescott dismissed

Allen Boseneiler reads from a newspaper as he objects to evidence presented Friday at the Rock Falls Board of Elections hearing. The board issued its decision Wednesday, disqualifying the Rock Falls businessman's candidacy for mayor for his failure to pay city fines before filing, as the city requires. The candidacies of Mayor David Blanton and his challenger, City Clerk Bill Wescott, which Boseneiler challenged, were upheld, and they will appear on the April 9 ballot.
Allen Boseneiler reads from a newspaper as he objects to evidence presented Friday at the Rock Falls Board of Elections hearing. The board issued its decision Wednesday, disqualifying the Rock Falls businessman's candidacy for mayor for his failure to pay city fines before filing, as the city requires. The candidacies of Mayor David Blanton and his challenger, City Clerk Bill Wescott, which Boseneiler challenged, were upheld, and they will appear on the April 9 ballot.

ROCK FALLS – Allen Boseneiler will not be listed as a mayoral candidate on the April 9 ballot.

The Rock Falls Board of Elections disqualified him Wednesday, citing outstanding city fines Boseneiler owed when he filed his nomination petition, which is against city rules.

The Rock Falls businessman will not be deterred, however, and said he plans to challenge the decision in court, and mount a write-in campaign if that effort fails.

At a hearing Friday, Police Chief Mike Kuelper testified that he and other witnesses could verify that Boseneiler paid his fines at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26, about 6 hours after he filed his candidacy.

Boseneiler's own objections to Mayor David Blanton and City Clerk Bill Wescott's petitions for office were dismissed.

Boseneiler was displeased with Wednesday's findings, and said he intends to request a judicial review in Whiteside County Circuit Court.

"It was a kangaroo court that had no validity, having those board members serve," he said.

Aldermen Glen Kuhlemier, Lee Folsom and Rock Falls resident Pamela Erby, a former alderwoman, made up the board.

City Building Inspector Mark Searing filed the challenge after submitting a Freedom of Information Act request for Boseneiler's petitions and seeing information that "wasn't correct," he said.

"As an inspector, I knew there was outstanding fines ... that he did not meet the qualifications for mayor," Searing said. "As a person that does not pay his fines, follow authority, has numerous arrests – I don't think he was qualified to be a mayor for this city."

Boseneiler said he "couldn't help but laugh" at Searing's comments.

Blanton said he was not surprised the board cleared his candidacy.

"There was really no justification to the filing ... I know everything was done properly, it's been done numerous, numerous times," Blanton said. "Again, it's just a waste of taxpayer money for people to be trivial on every matter we do."

Wescott, too, said that he was not surprised the board dismissed Boseneiler's objection, and that he was "sorry" all involved had to go through a procedure like this.

"A candidate was removed today, so now there's two candidates, and hopefully we can move on and we can begin the task at hand of debating the issues and moving on and getting ready for the election in April."

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