Judge rules to put Cloyd back on ballot as Pekin Mayoral candidate

Pekin mayoral candidate Becky Cloyd
Pekin mayoral candidate Becky Cloyd(Becky Cloyd)
Published: Jan. 5, 2023 at 1:39 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - After being removed from the ballot last month by the city of Pekin’s electoral board, a Judge ruled Thursday Becky Cloyd should be on the upcoming ballot.

The electoral board removed Cloyd from the ballot December 9 because she did not complete paperwork on her nominating petitions.

The electoral board consists of Luft, City Clerk Sue McMillan and City Council Member Lloyd Orrick.

The complaint alleges that an audio recording of the December 9 electoral board meeting indicates McMillan wasn’t sure what she was voting on, “and it wasn’t until Chairman Luft mumbled words to her did she then vote to remove Cloyd from the ballot.”

DeVore claims in the court filing that Cloyd provided all of the required information in other parts of the petitions.

Despite claims that the decision was political, Pekin Mayor Mark Luft told 25News in December the decision to remove Cloyd was not.

Thursday’s hearing was to ask the judge to reverse the board’s action.

Those against putting Cloyd back on the ballot claimed she did not comply with signatures, and that provision “leaves no room for discretion.”

Cloyd argued the addresses at the top of the turned in signatures are in compliance and should be allowed.

In the end, the Judge’s ruling found substantial compliance of signatures by the Cloyd camp, putting her back on the ballot.

Cloyd herself expressed confidence in the justice system and felt relieved she was no longer in a “holding pattern”.

”And now I feel like I’m on the runway ready to take off. I’ve just been waiting for the go ahead. And today was the go ahead,” Cloyd said.

She told 25News she plans to meet a lot of people now and give away a bunch of t-shirts.

Luft is not running for re-election.

In a previous interview with 25News, Luft said he’s not formally endorsing anyone for mayor, although he believes Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress is most qualified for the job. Pekin City Council member Dave Nutter is also running to lead the city.