An electoral board will determine tomorrow morning whether a local man who claims to be homeless should be able to run for trustee in Oak Park’s April election.

Daniel Fore, who also tried to run in 2007, hopes to gain a spot on the ballot this year. State law says a person must live in a community for at least one year in order to run for a local election. But according to Village Clerk Sandra Sokol, the law doesn’t specifically address a homeless candidate.

Oak Park was prepared to put Fore on the ticket, but two village residents, on Feb. 2, filed objections against his candidacy. Randy Gillett objected to Fore because he lists a P.O. box as an address and allegedly had unqualified voters sign his petition, among other accusations.

Richard Newman filed the other objection, also taking issue with Fore listing a P.O. box as his address and having unqualified signatures.

“The fact that he receives mail at a post office box in Oak Park cannot reasonably be considered evidence that he resides in the village,” Newman wrote.

Attorneys from the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, who are representing Fore, disputed both objections. Fore is a registered voter, and neither objection identified specific faulty signatures, said attorney Larry Griffin.

An electoral board consisting of Sokol, President David Pope and Trustee Ray Johnson will decide Feb. 12 at village hall whether Fore’s candidacy is legitimate.

Pope asked if he could recuse himself from making a decision, since he’s running for reelection in April, but a village attorney advised against it.

-Marty Stempniak

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