Homeless Man Wants Name On Ballot

CHICAGO (WBBM) — A homeless man is asking a court to put his name on the Chicago election ballot.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, Sylvester “Junebug” Hendricks has run unsuccessfully as a Republican for several seats in the past.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports

He is now attempting to challenge Ald. Leslie Hairston in the South Side’s 5th Ward, and he is asking a judge to rule him eligible and order the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to put his name on the ballot.

The Board of Election Commissioners ruled that Hendricks could not be a candidate for the 5th Ward Aldermanic seat because he doesn’t have a permanent residence. His suit claims there’s no law preventing homeless people from running.

Hendricks has previously run unsuccessfully for 5th Ward alderman, as well as for state representative in the 26th District.

  • franklin808

    He would add a needed perspective to city politics.

  • Rahm

    I got the perfect strategy for this man, he can campaign as a write in candidate and ask the voters to write Bum on the ballot. Heres a possible slogan “if you want things done vote for the bum” or “don’t vote for one of daleys cronies vote for the bum who aint a phony” Just an idea to capatalize on his situation

  • Sean

    lol ‘Bum’? Wow. Karma is so wonderful.

  • FR

    Perhaps a homeless man would consider every dollar important.

  • Yolanda M. Pace

    I do not see any harm in letting him run but be for I think to cast my vote for or against I would need to know what his end game goal is.

  • Dorothy

    I believe a homeless person should be able to run for public office because he may not have a home because he lost his job. I feel a homeless individual would be more concerned about finding jobs and helping people keep there homes.

  • krissy

    He does have residency..he’s all over chicago!!!

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