South Side Aldermanic Candidate Knocked Off Ballot After Officials Say She Lives In Wrong Ward


SOUTH SHORE — Adrienne Irmer, a candidate for 5th ward alderman, will not appear on the February ballot after election officials ruled her home is outside the ward according to both the current and previous ward maps.

Irmer lives in the Eighth Ward, making her ineligible to appear on the Fifth Ward ballot, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners ruled Friday.

City council candidates generally must have lived in their ward for at least one year prior to the election. Why the the ward boundaries were redrawn in 2022candidates may apply in any ward that includes a portion of the ward they lived in prior to the redistricting, the electoral council announced in October.

But residents of the 8th ward can only run in the 6th, 7th and 8th wards under those rules. The boundaries of the 5th and 8th wards have never overlapped, so Irmer cannot be elected city councilor in the 5th ward, the commissioners said.

Irmer appealed that finding, arguing through his attorney that the new 5th and old 8th districts overlap along the Chicago Skyway, according to a summary of the hearing.

The commissioners denied Irmer’s appeal following testimony from Electoral Board consultant Larry Hanson, who told the board he “did redistricted this year” by creating the new maps and found no overlap between departments.

“Provenance of [Hanson’s] maps was more reliable than the maps introduced by [Irmer,] which offered no testimonial evidence of an expert who had been involved in the 2022 retooling or remapping process,” wrote auditor Linda Crane.

Irmer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A South Shore resident of 19 years, Irmer joined the 5th Ward race in September and was endorsed by former Senator Carol Moseley Braunthe first black woman elected to the Senate.

Irmer is a public policy administrator at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a named commissioner of Special Service Area No. 42 at the South Shore. She finished fourth in the 2018 Democratic primary for the Illinois House, which was won by current Rep. Curti Tarver.

His disqualification leaves 11 hopefuls vying for the post representing parts of Hyde Park, Woodlawn and the South Shore.

Longtime Ald. Leslie Hairston, first elected in 1999, he announced in August that he would not seek re-election.

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