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Conkle disqualified from Lovejoy election

By Justin Boron

The election superintendent for the Lovejoy special election disqualified Ellis Conkle's candidacy for the open Lovejoy City Council seat Friday.

The ruling from Eugene Lawson, who served as superintendent for the qualification hearing, ends three weeks of uncertainty about Conkle's residential status.

In a three-page order stating his findings, Lawson discredited Conkle's Lovejoy apartment as a valid establishment of his residence that would qualify him to run.

Conkle had attempted to use a condominium located in his Lovejoy Tub Grinding business as support for his right to run.

"Conkle never formed intent to fix his habitation in the City of Lovejoy," the order said.

Angela Cannon, who filed the protest against Conkle, said she was pleased with the ruling.

"All the citizens know he is not a local resident," she said. "Now it will be a fair race.

"I'm happy it's over with," she said. "I'm looking forward to a good race with Wendy Andzeski," she said.

Wendy Andzeski is the only remaining opposition in the Sept. 21 election.

Conkle insists that he will appeal the ruling.

"I didn't have proper representation," he said.