Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Newcomer James Hortsman will represent Oak Forest's 6th Ward.
Oak Forest's 6th Ward will have a new face representing it. Newcomer James Hortsman beat out fellow newbie Ken Barry, with 267 of the 415 total votes and all precincts reporting. Hortsman and Barry were the only two on the ballot, after Hortsman in January filed challenges to both candidates' paperwork, noting the missing numbers and alleged invalid signatures, in addition to Simos' failure to submit an economic statement to the county—a legal requirement for candidacy. Hortsman has been an active volunteer in Oak Forest for 15 years. He has a wife Donna, and three children: Stephanie, Samantha and James. More 2013 Election Stories Affecting Oak Forest Two Ways to Stay Connected to Oak Forest Patch:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A guide to the April 2013 aldermanic race pitting newcomers Ken Barry and James Hortsman against each other, following the removal of incumbent Pete Muscarella and newcomer Greg Simos from the ballot.
With an incumbent knocked off the ballot early in election season, and a newcomer removed for invalid signatures, the 6th Ward alderman seat will be filled by a new face, for a four-year term. CANDIDATE BIOS Early voting begins March 25. Election Day is April 9. Join Patch! Create a free user account and join the discussion about the future of Oak Forest. You'll be subscribed to the free daily newsletter and breaking news alerts. Got a news tip? Email Patch editor Lauren Traut. Take me back to Election Central!
Newcomer James Hortsman faces off against fellow new face Ken Barry, for the 6th Ward Alderman seat.
Name: James Hortsman Position Sought: 6th Ward Alderman Campaign Contact Information: What will be your single most important priority if you get elected? We must work to have a transparent and responsive government in an economy that has put many hardships on the taxpayers. My main priority is to control spending and restrict increases in costs to the taxpayers—such as Water/Sewer, Economic Development, Petty Crime, Fees and investments in properties that require extensive taxpayer funding with no clear investment or re-development plans identified, that becomes an additional burden to the taxpayers. Family Members: Education Current Occupation and Employer Political Party Affiliation Independent Why Are You Seeking Office? I volunteered …
Friday, January 11, 2013
After a challenge by James Hortsman booted current Ward 6 Alderman Peter Muscarella and challenger Greg Simos off the ballot, the former and remaining candidates react to the change.
Following the removal of two of the four candidates from the April 9 ballot for the Ward 6 Alderman seat, reaction from the remaining and removed candidates was varied. Incumbent Peter Muscarella, one of the two candidates removed, said that being removed from the ballot was definitely a blow, but that it was his own mistake that cost him his spot on the ballot. “I misfiled, I made an error on the application … that is the bottom line,” Muscarella said. “I was wrong by legality, but nothing to be subversive.” Muscarella said the challenge was based on signatures on his petition that were printed, not signed in cursive, which is why the challenge was accepted and he was removed from the ballot. “They criticized printed signatures. We have …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Following the challenge of several candidate submission forms by another candidate, 6th Ward Alderman Peter Muscarella and challenger Greg Simos were removed from the April 9 ballot Jan. 7, by the Oak Forest Electoral Board.
Signatures sheets without page numbers and invalid signatures got two candidates for 6th Ward alderman kicked off the ballot Jan. 7. Alderman Peter Muscarella and challenger Greg Simos were removed from the April 9 ballot Jan. 7, following a special meeting of the Oak Forest Electoral Board. Sixth Ward candidate James Hortsman filed challenges to both candidates' paperwork, noting the missing numbers and alleged invalid signatures, in addition to Simos' failure to submit an economic statement to the county—a legal requirement for candidacy. “Based upon those findings that were presented, the electoral boardunfortunately had to take Mr. Muscarella and Mr. Simos off the ballot,” said City Clerk Scott Burkhardt. The removal of Muscarella …