Cloyd removed from ballot in Pekin mayoral race

Becky Cloyd listens during the election petition hearing on Friday.
Becky Cloyd listens during the election petition hearing on Friday.(25 News Now)
Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 5:49 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - There are now two candidates running in the race to become the next Mayor of Pekin.

Becky Cloyd was removed from the ballot by a three-person committee Friday afternoon, which includes sitting Mayor Mark Luft, longest serving council member Lloyd Orrick, and City Clerk Sue McMillian.

Objections to Cloyd’s candidate petitions centered on incomplete paperwork.

She said she asked a staffer at the Tazewell County Clerk’s Office if all the petition fields were needed for submission, and was told they were not.

“Because I know for a fact that I have a good group of supporters behind me, and they will in fact support me too, as far as I need to go to make a point,” Cloyd said after the hearing. “Because this is about principal. More than getting my name on the ballot. It is about principal., because there is a clear conflict of interest, and political hit job that is being done today,” Cloyd added.

There was also a vote at the beginning of the meeting to recuse Luft from the committee, but that was unanimously denied.

Cloyd can appeal the decision in Circuit Court.

She may also elect to file and run as a write-in candidate.