SYCAMORE – There were no last-minute stragglers to file DeKalb County election petitions before the Monday evening deadline.
Douglas Johnson, DeKalb County clerk and recorder, said that is how he prefers election filing season to go.
“I’m just tickled pink with boring,” he said about the absence of candidates filing at the 5 p.m. deadline. “I like things running smoothly.”
Lynne Kunde, electoral judge coordinator for the county, said the last hour wasn’t indicative of the rest of Monday, and there were a lot more candidates who showed up Monday than on Nov. 25, the start to the election filing season, when about 10 people were lined up at the exterior door to the DeKalb County Administration Building.
“One person brought in documents for seven different people,” she said. “You don’t have to file yourself.”
Kunde said petitions were filed for at least 15 different offices Monday, but she didn’t know the number of people who filed Monday.
Mary Lynn Meisch, chief deputy clerk for the county, said there wasn’t a constant rush of people.
“It was kind of scattered,” Meisch said. “It was the usual number.”
Meisch said Nov. 25 was busy, Wednesday – the last chance to file before the long, holiday weekend – was busy, as was Monday.
“It’s been what we’ve expected for filers,” Meisch said.
One of the last candidates to file – Chris Porterfield, D-District 8, a DeKalb County Board member, running again for the same seat – showed up in the last couple of hours. After the 5 p.m. deadline, he spoke about his experience.
“There was no line up there [at the office],” he said. “The people at the election office were very helpful in submitting the documents. It went very well and easy.”
He said he waited for the 11th hour because he was busy.
“I didn’t get around to filing until today,” said Porterfield, who has been on the board since he was appointed in 2015.
He said he got 30 signatures from his neighbors, which is more than twice the required 14 signatures he needed.
Although there was pressure to file, it wasn’t enough that he felt compelled to wait outside the building’s doors the morning of Nov. 25.
“I knew I had to do it,” he said about filing. “But I knew I had a window of a couple of days before Thanksgiving and then the Monday after Thanksgiving.”