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Dem Candidate for Will County Clerk Booted from March Ballot

The Will County Electoral Board ruled that Greg Sage did not have enough signatures on his primary nominating petition.

Democrat Greg Sage, a candidate for Will County clerk in the March primary, was removed from the ballot today for not having enough signatures on his nominating petition, the Will County Electoral Board ruled.

Sage, of Lockport, was the only Democrat to place his name on the ballot for the job currently held by Nancy Schultz Voots, a Republican who is seeking re-election and faces no primary opposition.

Two people -- Rich Girot and Steve Orlando -- filed objections to Sage's nominating petition based on the lack of signatures, triggering the electoral board review. Girot is the Braidwood police chief who has twice run for Will County sheriff as a Democrat. Orlando is the chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Will County.

Sage submitted only 233 signatures, but needed 779 -- a number determined by the number of people who voted in the November 2012 general election.

Sage did not attend the hearing or attempt to defend his candidacy. He has five days to request a judicial review of the decision.

The electoral board is made up of Will County Treasurer Stephen Weber, Will County Circuit Clerk Pam McGuire and Mary Tatroe, an assistant state's attorney who acted at Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow's representative.

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