Thursday, August 03, 2006

Partylines: Lindenhurst Man Makes November Ballot

Weekly Journals
NW News Group

Lindenhurst resident Bill Scheurer has done what no one in Illinois history has ever done. He has overcome a 14,000-signature requirement to get his name on the ballot to run against the Democrat freshman incumbent Melissa Bean and the Republican challenger David McSweeney for the Illinois 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“People were very supportive of our signature drive,” Scheurer said. “There is a hunger to take back our democracy.”

Scheurer’s campaign focuses on four main issues: protecting the needs of working families from attacks by unfair trade, discriminatory taxes, and shrinking benefits; bringing our troops home and taking care of them when they get here; fixing our broken healthcare system and balancing the federal budget.

“Neither of the two [other] candidates are credibly raising these issues,” Scheurer said. “Voters need a real choice, which can only come from real competition.”

He added that Illinois does not provide a level playing field for alternative parties.

Illinois’ draconian rules for third-party candidates require them to get petitions signed by 5 percent of the most recent vote count for the seat they are seeking. Members of the two "established parties" need only 1/20th as many signatures.

In the 8th District, this amounted to 14,000 signatures required to get Scheurer on the fall ballot as the Moderate Party candidate.

“They (the Republicans and Democrats) make the rules,” Scheurer said. “It’s pretty clear they do not want anyone crashing their party. They might as well put a big sign on the voting booths: ‘Voters without a political party will not be admitted.’”

In the history of the United States, only four individuals have ever successfully overcome a petition requirement of more than 10,000 signatures to gain a place on a ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives. Scheurer will now be the fifth.

Information about Sche-urer’s campaign can be found at


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