Write-In Candidacy Appears To Have Succeeded

Mike Krauser
March 21, 2018 - 4:09 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A write-in candidate for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District appears to be headed for victory in an unprecedented and unorthodox campaign.  

Cam Davis ran as a write-in candidate for what Commissioner Debra Shore called one of the most boring political offices in the country.

“It’s one of those things where if we do our job well, nobody notices us,” she said in an online ad for Davis. “But if we screw it up, everybody dies.”

There is an opening because of the death of Commissioner Timothy Bradford, who died right before the filing deadline.

Shore campaigned for Davis, arguing that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would appoint an anti-environmentalist in the spot if voters did not pick someone. Ten thousand write-in votes were needed to push Davis over the minimum threshold.

Davis’ votes surpassed the number that was necessary, as of early Wednesday afternoon. It’s unprecedented for a write-in campaign like this, according to elections board spokesman Jim Allen.

Davis, if successful, moves on to the November general election.