Sandberg's run for 1st district challenged

By WEEK Producer

December 3, 2012 Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The residency of Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg is being challenged by his two opponents in the race for first district council.

Sandberg is currently an at-large member of the council but filed petitions last week to run in the first district.

He is a long-time resident of the second district, but says he recently moved to property at 1213 Southwest Adams, located in district one.

Monday morning, both of the other district one candidates -- Denise Moore and Randall Emert -- filed a challenge to Sandberg's residency claims. Moore says she does not think he has lived in the first district long enough to run for office there.

"My problem is not so much with Gary Sandberg as it is with the state statute that indicates that you need to be residing at your residence for 12 months. And so, that is really what my concern is that he's not been there 12 months," said Moore.

Denise Moore is the wife of News 25's Garry Moore.

Peoria Election Commission Director Tom Bride says the commission will now decide if Sandberg is allowed to stay in the race.

Councilman Sandberg declined to comment on the challenge when approached Monday morning by News 25/WHOI 19 News.

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