City anticipating write-in candidates for April ballot

City anticipating write-in candidates for April ballot

This is helpful if you live in Champaign's District 5. From a city press release:

City Council Member Gordy Hulten withdrew his candidacy for the City of Champaign District 5 Council seat on December 16, 2011. He was the lone candidate who had filed to be on the ballot for the upcoming election for the District 5 City Council seat. With his withdrawal, the City anticipates that persons may be prompted to consider running as write-in candidates for the unexpired two year term.

City Attorney Fred Stavins indicates that the process for running as a write-in candidate for District 5 in the February 22, 2011 Consolidated Primary is as follows:

A) Pick up Write-In Declaration forms available at the County Clerk’s Office, Brookens Administration Center, 1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana, Illinois or the City Clerk’s Office, 102 N. Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois.

B) Fill out two (2) forms accurately, have the candidate’s signature notarized and return the original forms, one to the County Clerk’s Office and one to the City Clerk’s Office, on or before the close of business on December 22, 2011. County offices close at 4:30 p.m. and City offices close at 5:00 p.m.

A primary in District 5 will only be held if more than 4 persons file as write-in candidates for the primary. Whether or not a primary is held, persons can also file as a write-in candidate for the April 5, 2011 consolidated election. That additional filing would be due on or before February 3, 2011 and is done in the same manner as the filing for the consolidated primary.

The City Council will consider the process for filling the anticipated vacancy in the District 5 seat at its January 4, 2011 Council meeting.

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