Legal language could slow Rutherford's pace

Published 10/30 2013 01:06PM

Updated 10/30 2013 02:21PM

SPRINGFIELD -- One candidate for governor is hitting a bit of a bump in the road. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is shooting for the Republican nomination.

Petitions are due to the state board next month, but Rutherford has a problem. The petitions have to be worded a certain way. One of the attorneys on Rutherford's campaign spotted an error a few days into the petition process.

The forms were missing a notarized statement they had been circulated "not 90-days" before they were due. Candidates have to turn in between 5,000 - 10,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot.

Rutherford started circulating petitions last month after he officially named Steve Kim as his running mate. But, in the first weeks of October, the attorney noticed the problem and ended up throwing out all the signatures the campaign had collected by then.

Rutherford hadn't commented about the issue until Tuesday. Rutherford's attorney says the language on the new petitions is "bulletproof."

The first day candidates can start filing their petitions for next year's election is November 25. The last day of the filing period is December 2. The primary is March 18, 2014.

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