Seven people were at DeKalb City Hall on Monday morning, waiting for the county clerk's office so they could turn in nominating petitions to appear on the April ballot.
Three mayoral candidates – DeKalb School District 428 Board member Mike Verbic, former Ag/Monsanto employee John Rey, and former Re:New DeKalb executive director Jennifer Groce – were among the seven who appeared.
Sycamore's Ken Mundy also submitted a nominating petition. Mundy will seek his third term as the mayor of Sycamore. Mundy likened the petition to a job application, and that Sycamore voters were his boss.
"I'm just trying to remain a part of the team," Mundy said, noting that the city has to work to make a number of improvements with fewer resources. "It's an honor to serve the public trust."
DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo said all of the spring elections would be nonpartisan, ruling out the need for a consolidated primary election Feb. 26. Barring a special election, the county's only election will be the consolidated election April 9.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. Dec. 26 to file nominating petitions. People can run for elected office in various municipalities, townships, fire protection districts, and on school boards, park boards and library boards.
A number of the elected officials serve staggered terms. For instance, in DeKalb, Wards 2, 4 and 6, each represented by one alderman, are up for grabs. DeKalb has seven aldermen, one for each ward. Sycamore has eight aldermen, two per ward, with one of each seeking re-election.
As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Alan Bauer and Pete Paulsen had submitted petitions to run for re-election as aldermen of Sycamore's 1st and 2nd Wards, respectively. In DeKalb, Bill Finucane and Dave Baker have submitted petitions for the 2nd and 6th Wards, respectively.
Robert Snow, former assistant to the Northern Illinois University's law college dean, found himself facing a challenger for DeKalb's 4th Ward in James Mitchell. Mitchell, a former member of the DeKalb school board, said he is a proponent of small government.
"Some of the regulations and ordinances – they are a bit much," Mitchell said. He opposed the City Council's efforts to license limousine companies operating in DeKalb. Mitchell operates his own limousine service.
Earlier this year, Mitchell pleaded guilty to attempted obstruction of justice. Authorities said Mitchell forged a local attorney’s signature on a court document and asked her to lie about it. Mitchell said he did not expect that would be an issue in the election.
For his part, Snow said he was motivated to run because he loves the city. He said he is concerned about balancing the city's budget, as well as looking for ways to improve the South Fourth Street and East Lincoln Highway entryways into DeKalb.
"I have some management experience that would be useful for city government," Snow said. "I feel like my work is not done."