Mayor challenged, but most council candidates go unopposed

Mayor challenged, but most council candidates go unopposed

No surprise candidates walked into the Champaign city clerk’s office on Monday as the deadline for declaring candidacy passed at 5 p.m.

Nobody filed to challenge the three at-large incumbents — Tom Bruno, Karen Foster and Deborah Frank Feinen — who likely will retain their seats when the April 5 votes are cast. District 5 representative Gordy Hulten, who was appointed to fill a vacancy this summer, will also go unchallenged.

Mayor Jerry Schweighart, however, will face his first challenger as an incumbent. Don Gerard, a 42-year resident of Champaign and a facilities manager at the University of Illinois, filed last week to run as a candidate for mayor.

Schweighart was last challenged when he was first elected as the city’s mayor in 1999. He ran unopposed in two elections since then.

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