Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has reportedly filed several subpoenas in light of allegations of voter fraud and intimidation in the Cicero town president election.
Subpoenas were served to the campaigns of both challenger Juan Ochoa and incumbent Larry Dominick, who was elected to a third term Tuesday night. Allegations of broken home windows, defaced and trashed campaign signs, voter intimidation by Cicero police officers and threats of deportation have been hurled at Dominick's campaign, while the town president alleges that Ochoa had gang members on his election staff.
Cook County Clerk David Orr called on county and state authorities to investigate the allegations and had 11 election attorneys on hand to assist Tuesday, if necessary. State Sen. Marty Sandoval released a statement blasting Orr for doing so, alleging that he was taking a "partisan political position" on the race. Orr released the following statement in response to all of the allegations surrounding the race on election day:
This political posturing is unfortunate, especially on Election Day. I am proud of how my office is handling the hotly-contested and problematic election in Cicero. Allegations from both sides were passed on to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice. Our effort to provide extra resources for this election was a proportional response, which has resulted in a smooth Election Day thus far.
Both campaigns have criticized us publicly for doing too much or too little. The greatest responsibility of the County Clerk is conducting fair elections and I’ve devoted more than two decades to the task. I certainly do not have a horse in this race. My office would be derelict in its duties if we did nothing simply because we feared criticism.
"This is really not the end," Ochoa said in his concession speech Tuesday night. "We're going to continue this moving forward. ... We're gonna fight again. We're gonna move our community forward. We can't give up. You know, the cause is right. Our heart is in the right place and we will change Cicero."
Dominick garnered 60 percent of the vote to Ochoa's 30 percent. Pontarelli got 9 percent of the votes cast in the election.