Two incumbent Chicago ward committeeman are off the March primary ballot, but Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), chairman of the City Council Black Caucus, will likely stay on.
A Chicago Board of Election Commissioners hearing officer determined Wednesday that Brookins can remain on the ballot as he has now produced enough signatures and sworn statements from registered voters to meet the 939-signature minimum. The election board must vote to uphold the hearing officer's decision.
Insufficient signatures ended the committeeman candidacies of Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) and Ald. Rey Colon (35th), both incumbents.
Ward committeemen shape local politics through their endorsement of a slate of Cook County Democratic Party candidates -- from aldermen to water reclamation commissioner. Thirty-two of the city's 50 ward committeeman double as aldermen.