UPDATE: 1 Peoria school board candidate dropped from ballot, 1 remains

Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 1:24 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2023 at 3:19 PM CST
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UPDATE 3:07 P.M. - Current Peoria Public Schools board president Martha Ross will remain on the ballot

Ross was challenged by Chama St. Louis, Alexander’s daughter. Her side had planned to argue that there were people on Ross’s signature list who weren’t alive.

However, the electoral board dismissed the challenge from Alexander before getting to the signature list because St. Louis does not live in the school board district in question.

After the hearing, St. Louis continued to argue against the ruling, accusing the electoral board of playing favorites.

“At the end of the day her signatures were fraudulent,” St. Louis said. “I will be looking into other ways to prove that.”

After the hearing, Ross noted that she originally didn’t plan to file a challenge but felt compelled to after Alexander filed her challenge. The Election Commission says Ross filed about a half hour after St. Louis.

“What should have happened is, each one of us could have gone on the ballot, and let the voters decide,” Ross said. “I challenged hers because she challenged mine. She challenged mine first.”

Alexander plans to run as a write-in candidate.

PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria Public Schools board hopeful Keisha Alexander will not see her name on the ballot.

Current school board president Martha Ross objected to Alexander’s name on the ballot in the April 4 election.

Witnesses brought before the county election commission differed with the notary. The notary admitted on the stand she made a clerical error.

The board ended up striking 135 of Alexander’s signatures. 53 were part of the notary’s clerical errors. The other 82 signatures were struck for other reasons including the person not living in the district, county, etc.. Alexander ended up with 189 signatures, short of the 200 needed to be on the ballot.

She can continue as a write-in candidate. Alexander has challenged Ross’s inclusion on the ballot. Arguments to hear that challenge continue.