Filing period nears for candidates

URBANA — The filing period for candidates interested in appearing on the March 20 primary election ballot begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 28, Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says.

The last day to file petitions is Dec. 5.

Candidates for county offices and precinct committeeman can file petitions and other documents at the county clerk's office, 1776 E. Washington St., U.

Candidates for legislative and congressional races must file at the State Board of Elections office in Springfield.

"With the filing period opening on the Monday after Thanksgiving, I wanted to remind candidates and voters of the required deadlines," Hulten said Monday. "For those who are seeking local office, we have sample forms and filing information on our website at http://www.champaigncountyclerk.com."

The countywide offices for which nominations will be made at the March 20 primary are auditor, circuit clerk, coroner, recorder of deeds, state's attorney, county clerk (a two-year unexpired term) and for seats on the revamped county board.

Instead of 27 members elected in nine districts, the county board taking office Dec. 1, 2012, will have 22 members elected from 11 districts.

Also, both the Republican and Democratic parties will elect precinct committeemen at the primary election.

The minimum number of signatures required for Republican candidates for countywide office is 207. For Democratic countywide candidates, the minimum number of signatures required is 170.

For all county board candidates from either the Republican or Democratic Party, the minimum number of signatures is 25. For all precinct committeeman candidates from either party, the minimum number of signatures is 10.

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