CARBONDALE — Greg Knoob is withdrawing his petition to run for Carbondale City Council, according to his attorney, Alfred Sanders.
Sanders sent a statement to Carbondale City Hall at about 4 p.m. Monday withdrawing his petition. The statement says Knoob had reviewed state law regarding eligibility to serve on City Council while holding an interest in a liquor license. While state law has an exception that would allow him to serve, the city of Carbondale has further limitations that make him ineligible to sit on the City Council.
Knoob is owner of Stix in Carbondale. If he were elected, either he could not serve or Stix could not have its liquor license.
“Since my initial desire in running was to serve the people of Carbondale, beginning my ‘tenure’ (if I had won) with some sort of legal battle with the City would fly in the face of what I was trying to achieve in the first place by deciding to run for office. I am therefore withdrawing my candidacy for city council and look forward to serving the people of the City by continuing to operate a successful business from which the City prospers from our tax revenues,” Knoob writes in the statement.
On Monday morning, Carbondale Municipal Officers Electoral Board, which consists of Mayor Mike Henry, City Councilwoman Carolin Harvey and City Clerk Jessica Sorrell, had a short hearing to set a date to hear testimony regarding an objection filed by city council candidate Jerrold Hennrich to the candidacy of Greg Knoob.
On Dec. 3, Hennrich filed a formal objection to Knoob’s candidate nominating papers. The objection claims Knoob’s petition includes signatures from residents of other municipalities, those who are not registered to vote, individuals registered to vote at a different address than listed, those with invalid or illegible addresses and residents of other counties.
The hearing, set for 9 a.m. Dec. 19, will not be necessary now that Knoob has withdrawn his candidacy.
Knoob wished the remaining City Council candidates well and asked them to remember that “Carbondale’s remaining businesses are the lifeblood of this community.”