Two Illinois candidates, same name, one ballot


She’s Gott to be kidding.

A small-time race for county treasurer in southern Illinois took a wild flip final week when incumbent Ashley Gott acquired a problem — from Ashley Gott.

The upstart Gott — previously often known as Erin Perry — modified her title legally earlier this yr, Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes instructed The Post.

“We have not had this happen here before,” she mentioned.

Illinois regulation requires that if a candidate modified his or her title inside three years of an election, the candidate’s new title must be adopted by the outdated on the ballot.

“This used to happen fairly regularly (particularly in [Chicago] judicial races when people would adopt Irish surnames), but then state law was changed,” longtime Illinois political blogger Rich Miller wrote.

Incumbent Ashley Gott.
Incumbent Ashley Gott.

The candidates are usually not an identical in intercourse: the incumbent Ashley Gott is a male and the challenger a feminine.

Neither Gott, nor the newer one’s mother and father, returned calls from The Post.

“It’s an unfortunate and confusing chain of events for the voters of Williamson County,” Gott, who took workplace in 2019, told a local newspaper. “I can’t control what other people do. I can only control myself.”

Neither Gott, nor the newer one's parents, returned calls from The Post.
Neither Gott, nor the newer one’s mother and father, returned calls from The Post.
Chicago Tribune

“I will continue to use my finance degree and experience to be a good steward of county finances,” he added.

Gott has a bachelor’s diploma in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, according to LinkedIn. Before taking public workplace, he labored for about twenty years in industrial loans.

But the newer Gott seems to have gotten chilly ft.

The newer Gott withdrew her candidacy.
The newer Gott withdrew her candidacy.
Jonathan Daniel

“Yesterday she did come in and withdrew as a candidate,” Barnes mentioned Friday.

Gott’s problem was first reported by Politico Illinois.

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