Forrest Claypool's campaign for Cook County assessor has cleared another hurdle, as his Democratic opponent, Board of Review Commissioner Joseph Berrios, announced today his campaign would not pursue a challenge to Claypool's signatures.
Last week, Claypool submitted about 90,000 signatures to the county clerk's office, and expected a stiff challenge from the Berrios camp.
Berrios' spokesman, Manuel Galvan, said in a statement the campaign found more than 53,000 suspect signatures. But with more than 30,000 valid signatures remaining, Claypool still garnered more than the 25,000 required to get on the ballot.
Galvan said campaign's review of Claypool's signatures found that two-thirds of the petitions as well as one-third of the petitioners were questionable.
"It would be irresponsible to subject either the public authorities or our opponent to the cost, time and effort of litigation, perhaps all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court," Galvan said.
Claypool's campaign manager Tom Bowen said that the Berrios campaign should not be viewed as an arbiter of success.
"The notion that a review by the Berrios campaign is a definitive assessment of the quality of our campaign’s work is laughable," he says.
The Claypool campaign meanwhile is cautious about expressing optimism that there won't be a challenge. There is a 5 p.m. deadline for challenges.