GENEVA – A candidate for two offices in the April 9 consolidated election is facing a challenge from the Geneva Library Board.
Jay Moffat filed nominating papers to serve on the library board and Geneva Park Board. Library attorney Roger Ritzman requested clarification from the county clerk’s office to see whether Moffat could legally serve on both.
“It came to my attention that there could be an issue about incompatibility of office,” Ritzman said. “To avoid any issues about the integrity of actions taken by the library board, I asked the Kane County clerk and Mr. Moffat to weigh in on the issue. The library district simply wishes to make certain it follows the election code.”
Joe Lulves, the civil division chief for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, said the issue of Moffat’s dual candidacy was under review.
Library officials are waiting for clarification because they certify the candidates by Thursday.
Moffat initially had filed nominating papers for four-year terms for three offices – park, library and Geneva School District 304 board. He withdrew his school board candidacy based on legal opinions from the Illinois attorney general that found dual service on a park and school board are not compatible, but dual service on a park and library board are compatible.
Moffat said he left voice mail instructions to the state’s attorney to pass the question on to the attorney general.
“They are the people who make the opinions on whether it’s a conflict of interest,” Moffat said. “I’m still shooting for both offices. It was the original opinion of the attorney general that they determined it was not a conflict of interest.”