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  • Monday, August 13, 2012

     

    Fauteux vacancy causes filing confusion

    eLECTION Watch 2012

    Villa Park election filing closed amid confusion over Fauteux seat

    According to a spokesman at Villa Park City Hall, the filing for city council is closed amid confusion over the short vs. long term seats in this year’s election.

    After the death of sitting Councilman Robert Fauteux, Rick Barnett was appointed to the Villa Park City Council. However, according to city hall, he was just appointed to fill the “gap” between Fauteux's death and the election-not to the particular seat. With two years remaining on Fauteux’s term, this is an important point. However, the Orange County Register of Voters has Barnett listed as the “appointed incumbent" on the two year (“short”) term seat. This is significant, because if an eligible incumbent does not file for their seat election law extends the filing deadline. The new deadline would be Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 6 pm.

    Barnett has filed for one of the regular 4 year term’s being vacated by the termed out incumbents. Only one candidate, Diana Fascenelli has filed for the short term that the Orange County Registrar has Barnett listed as the incumbent. That means without an opponent, Fascenelli will automatically be on the city council because according to the Villa Park City Hall, filing is closed. So while according to the Orange County of Registrar Barnett has filed for a different seat, according to Villa Park, he has not, therefore the filing deadline is closed.

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