DeKALB – Scott McAdams braved the fog to be first in line to file his candidacy papers for the DeKalb City Council on Monday morning.
McAdams is used to working in politics through his position with the Blue Wave Project of Illinois, and will make his first bid for public office running for alderman in the 5th Ward after he turned in his petition papers at the DeKalb Municipal Building,
400 S. Fourth St.
“Everywhere I’ve gone looking for signatures, people have mentioned crime as a big issue for the city,” McAdams said, adding that he would focus his campaign on the budget, crime and parking in Ellwood Historic Neighborhood.
The window for candidates for local municipal, school board, park and library board offices around the county opened Monday, with several candidates submitting nominating petitions for the April 2 consolidated election. The filing period continues through Dec. 17.
Although some contested races had begun to take shape in DeKalb, in Sycamore, there were only four people who filed nominating petitions for the school board and City Council – all of them incumbents.
As the day began, it appeared there would be aldermanic races in DeKalb’s 3rd and 5th wards, with incumbents 5th Ward Alderman Kate Noreiko and 7th Ward Alderman Anthony Faivre filing to retain their seats on the City Council. DeKalb School District 428 had four people file to run for the four vacant board seats.
DeKalb city alderman (5th Ward)
Noreiko, who was elected in a close three-way race in 2015, said she hopes candidates will be judged on an individual basis, and said she found her first term as alderman “a challenging but valuable experience.”
“Did I meet your expectations? No alderman is going to vote the way you want all the time,” Noreiko said. “But I’m hoping people will recognize that I did my homework, did my research, my votes were reasoned – they may not have been what you wanted, but I really thought them through.”
McAdams, meanwhile, said he is concerned about the budget and other issues the city faces.
“There’s a lot of questions regarding the budget, and a lot that remains unseen,” McAdams said. “And my father was a Cook County [Sheriff’s deputy], so I’ve been around law enforcement my whole life. Public safety is a huge issue.”
DeKalb city alderman (3rd Ward)
Residents in the 3rd Ward suddenly lost their alderman last week, after Michael Marquardt resigned Thursday, citing personal reasons.
In the wake of Marquardt’s resignation, two candidates have stepped forward so far, including former Alderman Steve Kapitan, who served on the council from 1995 to 2007, followed by a three-year stint as city clerk that ended in a controversial resignation in 2012.
“I’m running because of the problem the city is facing in terms of the budget and the controversy over [tax increment financing],” Kapitan said. “I had a lot of experience with TIF when I was on the council; also trying to tackle the budget deficit and supply sufficient city services to people.”
Police officer Joel French also is vying for the 3rd Ward council seat. This will be his first campaign for public office, although he’s been a public servant for 18 years, first with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and now as a part-time officer for the Cortland Police Department. French also owns the Blue Line Driving School on Sycamore Road across from Walmart.
“I’m looking to make change in a positive direction,” French said, citing renewable resources such as green energy, balancing the budget and getting businesses to come to the city as his campaign goals.
DeKalb city alderman (1st Ward)
First Ward Alderman David Jacobson announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election. So far, no one has filed candidacy papers for the open spot.
DeKalb city alderman (7th Ward)
Faivre – who was appointed to the 7th Ward spot in 2015 to fill a vacancy, and then ran for election in 2016 – will be running for his first full term.
“It takes a while to get up to speed on the issues and work with the other aldermen, so it’s more of a feeling of unfinished work, there’s more to be done,” Faivre said. “Right now, there’s a lot of synergy with the current council. We don’t agree on everything, but I think the major things we agree on, and I feel like we’re starting to make good changes.”
No one filed to challenge Faivre for the 7th Ward seat Monday morning.
Deputy City Clerk Ruth Scott was on hand to streamline the filing process Monday morning with City Clerk Lynn Fazekas.
“You always want to make sure you treat everyone fairly and the same, so still a little bit of nerves because you want to make sure everyone’s taken care of,” Scott said, adding that neither she nor Fazekas are allowed to give the candidates advice on their papers.
DeKalb School District 428 Board
So far, four people have filed papers for the four vacant spots on the District 428 board, said Lynne Kunde with the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office.
Samantha McDavid, Sarah Moses, December D. Richardson and David Seymour simultaneously filed papers, Kunde said.
“There will be a lottery between them,” Kunde said, to determine the order in which they appear on the ballot.
Less rush to file in Sycamore
Sycamore City Clerk Mary Kalk said there are four seats up for election in 2019 on the City Council, one in each of the city’s four wards. She said incumbent Chuck Stowe has filed for the 2nd Ward, and incumbent Nancy Copple has filed for the 3rd Ward.
“It’s still early,” Kalk said. “They have until 5 p.m. [Dec. 17] to file.”
Two people filed nominating petitions to run for the three open Sycamore School District 427 Board positions, Kunde said. As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, incumbents Kristen Wrenn and Julenne Davey, whose terms end in April, have filed for the positions. Board Vice President Steve Nelson’s term also is up in April.
Dan Gibble, executive director for the Sycamore Park District, said three people had picked up election packets with filing information, but no one had filed for any of the three open positions on the district’s Board of Commissioners as of Monday afternoon. He said President Bill Kroeger’s and commissioners Daryl Graves and Ann Tucker’s terms are expiring in 2019, and that Tucker had said she will not run for commissioner again.
“So we don’t expect her to file any petition,” Gibble said.