David Ratowitz Victorious in Nominating Petition Challenge

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All objections against District 5 congressional candidate’s signatures withdrawn at 11th hour

U.S. House Candidate David Ratowitz (IL-5)

Ratowitz for Congress is now free to focus exclusively on comprehensive voter outreach to District 5’s conservative base.

Minutes before the Illinois State Board of Elections was set to formally dismiss the case, objectors to 5th Congressional District candidate David Ratowitz’s nominating petitions withdrew their challenge.

An official records review on December 3 overwhelmingly upheld the validity of Ratowitz’s petition signatures, finding that some of the objectors' claims were based on technicalities overruled by the Illinois Supreme Court more than 30 years ago.

“We have maintained from the beginning of this process that the challenge against our nominating petitions was baseless,” explains Ratowitz. “Our campaign was certainly vindicated today with this ruling.

“Clearly, legal maneuvering and personal attacks are short-sighted means of blunting a strong opponent,” adds Ratowitz. “There is no substitute for the type of honest and vigorous campaigning that I, my team and my supporters have undertaken.”

He adds, “Ratowitz for Congress is now free to focus exclusively on comprehensive voter outreach to District 5’s conservative base.”

Learn more about David Ratowitz’s campaign at his campaign website. Phone 773.897.5800.

About David:
Entrepreneur, Army veteran and conservative activist David Ratowitz is running for U.S. Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th Congressional District. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the February 2, 2010, primary election. Endorsements for Ratowitz include Tax Accountability, the political action arm of National Taxpayers United of Illinois. The Ratowitz for Congress campaign platform supports a limited federal government, low taxes, fiscal discipline and accountability, free markets and individual liberty.

About the 5th Congressional District:
The 5th District spans much of the north side of the City of Chicago from Lake Michigan into the western suburbs. It includes Schiller Park, Franklin Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Northlake and Melrose Park, as well as the Chicago neighborhoods of Wrigleyville, Boystown, Lakeview, Uptown and parts of Lincoln Park.

The 5th Congressional District was represented by Rahm Emanuel before the congressman was appointed as President Obama's chief of staff. It is currently represented by Democrat Mike Quigley.

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