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2017 DeKalb Mayor

Forums for DeKalb council, D-428 board candidates at Egyptian Theatre

DeKALB – Two forums hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Egyptian Theatre to allow voters to hear from candidates for DeKalb mayor and City Council, and DeKalb School District 428 board in the April 4 election.

On Wednesday, the chamber will host the city’s mayoral and alderman candidates for a meet-and-greet, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Egyptian, 135 N. Second St., followed by a candidates’ forum starting at 6:30 p.m.

Incumbent John Rey faces challengers Michael Embrey, Misty Haji-Sheikh and Jerry Smith in the race for DeKalb mayor.

The DeKalb City Council’s 2nd and 4th Wards both have multiple contenders. Second Ward Alderman Bill Finucane faces William Lamb while 4th Ward Alderman Bob Snow is being challenged by Mike Bauling and Patrick Fagan.

Sixth Ward candidate Mike Verbic is now unopposed after Michael “Max” Maxwell announced his withdrawal.

On Thursday, the chamber hosts candidates running for the three open seats on the District 428 board. The event will have a similar format as the city candidate forum.

After Scott Campbell’s decision to drop out of the race to support other candidates, nine people are still campaigning for the board: President Victoria Newport, Shatoya Black, Jeromy Olson, Jeff Hallgren, Catherine Harned, Sean Johnson, Tracy Williams, Twangie Smith and Valerie Pena Hernandez.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday marked the last day to register to vote at the county clerk’s office or with deputy registrars.

However, grace period registration opens Wednesday at the Legislative Center on 110 E. Sycamore St. in Sycamore and will last through Election Day. People who register to vote during the grace period at this location must vote the same day.

For information on early voting and grace period registration, go to the DeKalb County Elections website.

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