Ruling expected in disputed Macomb second ward aldermanic race

Steve WailandA decision is expected by Friday afternoon in the disputed Macomb second ward aldermanic race.

Judge Rodney Clark ordered a full trial earlier this month after Steve Wailand, an aldermanic candidate for Macomb’s second ward, filed a lawsuit contesting election results. Judge Clark granted the city the opportunity to present additional information after Wailand contested the results, saying he should have been declared the winner over incumbent Kay Hill.

A hearing scheduled for Friday morning at 9 a.m. was canceled on Thursday, according the McDonough County Clerk of Courts. Diana Rickert of the Liberty Justice Center sent out a press release stating, “On Thursday, the city of Macomb filed a motion stating that it had no additional evidence to present to the court. The court granted that motion and has advised that a ruling will be issued in writing by 4 p.m. Friday, April 26.”

In the February election, Wailand received 17 votes, compared to Hill who received 16 votes. Macomb officials say in order to receive the seat, Wailand would have needed 50 percent plus one vote to win the election. He came in just under that number by one-half of a percent.

The results of the city’s supplementary election for the contested race have been sealed, pending the outcome of the trial. If the city wins the trial, the election results will determine the alderman seat.

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