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Candidate tossed from 11th District ballot running as write-in

Diane Harris

Diane Harris

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Updated: March 24, 2012 11:24PM

A former Joliet mayoral candidate who was removed from the Republican primary ballot in the 11th Congressional District is running as a write-in candidate.

Community activist Diane Harris said she spent Tuesday and Wednesday filing paperwork in various counties so voters can write her name on the March 20 primary ballot for the new district.

Harris and Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham were removed from the ballot last week for not having enough valid signatures on their election petitions. That left only longtime U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert on the Republican side of the ballot.

Harris said she was disappointed to be removed from the ballot, but she is determined to run.

“It’s always good to have another avenue,” she said. “It’s going to be a challenge to run as a write-in, but sometimes individuals need to take on a challenge.”

Harris, who works at ComEd, hopes her campaign might be helped by the name recognition she gained in an unsuccessful run for Joliet mayor last year.

While Biggert will be the only Republican on the ballot, three Democrats are vying for the new 11th District: former Congressman Bill Foster, Orland Park Fire Protection District President Jim Hickey and former Aurora Township Clerk Juan Thomas.

The new 11th District covers most of Aurora, Naperville, Plainfield and Joliet. There is no incumbent living in the district.

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