Park Board Member Challenging Library Candidates
Peter Hurtado — whose daughter is seeking a spot on the library board — filed objections Thursday against three candidates.
Peter Hurtado, who was elected to the park board in 2011 and ran unsuccessfully against State Sen. Linda Holmes last November, filed objections to the nominating petitions of David Schmidt, Alice R. Adeszko and Lauren Ledvina.
Hurtado’s 19-year-old daughter, Samantha, is among the nine candidates for the four open seats on the board in the April election.
The challenges allege that the nominating petitions contain signatures that are invalid either because the individuals do not live within the library district boundaries or because they are printed rather than signed.
The objections claim that Schmidt, who was appointed to fill a vacant spot on the board last September, has only 38 valid signatures, while Adeszko has 45 and Ledvina has 43. To be eligible to run, candidates must have 50 signatures.
Schmidt and Ledvina did not return messages left by Patch, and Adeszko could not be reached for comment over the weekend.
“I think it’s our duty to make sure that the people that represent us do follow the proper steps,” Hurtado said on Friday, noting that he filed a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of all nine candidates’ nominating forms.
“I checked my daughter’s too and she was fine,” Hurtado said. He said he filed the objection against the three candidates “because they have signatures from people that are from outside of the district.”
Once a hearing date is set, the library’s electoral board will review the challenges and make a determination as to whether they have merit.
The library candidates aren’t the only ones facing fights to stay on the ballot; two Plainfield residents are challenging both mayoral candidates and one potential trustee.