Adams’ widow survives ballot challenge
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspondent February 25, 2014 4:10PM
Daniel Langmesser. | File Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:08AM
CROWN POINT — St. John Township Trustee Jean E. Shepherd will stay on the Republican ballot in the upcoming May primary election.
A challenge to her candidacy based on her name in light of her marriage last year to the late Lake County Assessor Hank Adams was unsuccessful Tuesday. The matter was up for hearing along with other challenges to the primary ballot before the Lake County Board of Elections and Voters Registration.
Daniel Langmesser raised the challenge, alleging that Shepherd should be using the last name Adams since she was married.
Shepherd said while she did marry Adams, she never took his last name.
“I have never presented myself as Jean E. Adams,” Shepherd said. She provided documents including her marriage certificate, driver’s license, Social Security statements and other materials showing her name remained Shepherd despite her marriage to Adams.
Board members unanimously dismissed the challenge allowing Shepherd to remain on the ballot.
Winfield Township Board hopeful Dana Voss-Stepp was not so lucky. Her candidacy was challenged by Sherry Gasparovic, who alleged Voss-Stepp’s voter’s registration was not filed in time for her to be eligible to run.
Board members unanimously agreed with Gasparovic.
Voss-Stepp moved to her new address in 2010. She said an effort to update her voter registration when she renewed her driver’s license in 2012 did not work. She applied Feb. 5 to have her voter registration changed to her new address. The application did not process through the state until Feb. 14. The deadline to have her voter’s registration updated for the election was Feb. 7.
“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances. But it appears to me she is not legally eligible to be a candidate,” said election board attorney James Wieser.