Sandberg off the primary election ballot

By WEEK Producer

December 11, 2012 Updated Dec 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Gary Sandberg's name has been removed from the primary ballot for the first district council seat.

The Peoria City Election Commission announced their decision Tuesday evening, after hearing arguments Monday from opponents Denise Moore and Randall Emert, who both challenged Sandberg's residency requirement.

The commission agreed Sandberg has not lived at his Adams street residence in the first district for one year as required.

"The board found that there is a requirement to live in the district for a year proceeding the election and that Sandberg voted in the November 6 election and at that time resided at his Bigelow address in the second district," said Tom Bride, the Executive Director of the Peoria Election Commission.

First District Candidate Denise Moore said of the ruling, "We can continue thinking about pride, safety, and jobs that we've been talking about all along. This has been a distraction that we didn't need. This has been a distraction that has cost the taxpayers of the city."

Sandberg will remain on the council as an at-large member.

Fifth District Candidate Dan Adler was removed from the ballot Monday after a challenge to his petitions.

These rulings mean there will be no primary election, as none of the seats have more than three candidates on the ballot.