A month after his candidacy was declared invalid, Buffalo Grove resident Jeff Battinus has found an alternative way to run for a trustee seat this spring.
Battinus announced Sunday that he will run as a write-in candidate on Buffalo Grove’s April 9 ballot.
“This is an important election and significant issues lie ahead, and the voters deserve to at least have a choice among candidates running for trustee,” Battinus said in a prepared statement.
His removal from the ballot last month left only the three incumbent trustees as candidates for the three four-year terms. They are Lester Ottenheimer III, Andrew Stein and Beverly Sussman.
Battinus’ removal from the original ballot came after Stein challenged his candidacy upon discovering that Battinus had not filed the statement of economic interests that all candidates are required to submit.
Battinus again had to file paperwork to run as a write-in.
“I have filed my letters of intent with both Lake and Cook county clerks. They have both sent formal confirmation that these letters have been received, and I am a confirmed write-in candidate for Buffalo Grove trustee,” Battinus said in Sunday’s announcement.
“With my candidacy, the voters of Buffalo Grove will be able to actually select from a pool of four candidates for three trustee positions who best reflect the community view of the future.”
“Further, important issues face the village such as the proposed downtown development and elimination of key recreational land and new blood would be important in this discussion. The people of Buffalo Grove deserve a choice, and with me as a write-in candidate they now have options.”