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A paper clip could cost one Loves Park man his chance to run for city council

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There are probably everyday items you use around the office that you don't think twice about. One of those objects is in the spotlight in Loves Park. A paper clip, or more specifically, lack of one, could keep a candidate for Alderman out of the race.

Back in December, David Soll handed in his petitions to run in Loves Park's 2nd Ward. The Independent needed 18 signatures. Earlier this week he gets a call from the city clerk saying his opponent Charles Frykman is challenging Soll's petitions.

"I got there, opened up the letter, low and behold it actually said the equivalent of not securing the papers, not using a paper clip." -says Soll.

On December 17th, David Soll brought his signatures to Loves Park City Hall in a manilla folder.

"I decided to pull the papers out and hand them to the clerk at that moment. Now it was that moment of pulling the papers out, that no longer allowed the papers to be secured."

Charles Frykman's letter mentions a state law that says petition sheets have to be neatly fastened together. He wrote that he wants Soll taken off the ballot because of this violation. Soll thinks this might be more about his opponent's insecurities rather than securing signatures.

"There was a little fear possibly, I don't know, we'll find out soon enough, that maybe they don't want to face me in the election." -Soll adds.

Friday at 9 a.m. at Loves Park City Hall, 100 Heart Boulevard, a hearing will decide if Soll stays on the ballot. He says he's got a plan of action no matter what the decision. Frykman, who also happens to be the current 2nd Ward Alderman says, "Statues are there to protect the integrity of the election process and it's the responsibility of anyone seeking elective office to make themselves familiar with them and do their best to abide by them."

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