DeKALB – Local citizens interested in running for public office can begin circulating petitions for the April elections.
A number of positions, including mayor, township supervisor and alderman, are up for grabs in cities throughout DeKalb County.
In DeKalb, residents can run for alderman in the 2nd, 4th and 6th Wards, in addition to mayor and city clerk, City Clerk Diane Wright said.
DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen and 4th Ward Alderman Brendon Gallagher already have said they will not seek another term.
There are also three seats available on the DeKalb School District 428’s Board of Education and on the DeKalb Park District’s Park Board.
The number of signatures would-be candidates must collect is based on the number of people who voted in the last regular election.
In order to find out how many signatures are required, a candidate must contact the local unit responsible for overseeing that particular election.
For instance, Wright oversees DeKalb city elections in her capacity as city clerk.
She said mayoral candidates must collect 239 to 383 signatures, while 2nd Ward candidates need to collect 72 to 122; 4th Ward, 51 to 101; and 6th Ward, 25 to 75.
Candidates for the school board need to collect 50 signatures, said Vicci Haeseker, administrative assistant to the D-428 superintendent. Candidates for park board need to collect 55 signatures, said a spokeswoman for the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Apart from the signatures, each office has its own set of qualifications. Candidates for alderman, for instance, must have lived in the ward for a year before they can be elected. Candidates for park board and school board are subject to similar requirements.
Wright said she is not handing out candidate packets this year, but they are available to download from the city clerk’s website, the county clerk’s office and the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The filing period for candidate petitions for all local offices is Dec. 17 to Dec. 24.