Some Danville aldermen plan to seek re-election

DANVILLE — At least four of the seven Danville city aldermen whose seats are up for election next year want to run again.

Alderman William Gilbert, Ward 3, and Alderman Steve Nichols, Ward 6, have already picked up nominating petitions from the Danville Election Commission to run in the Feb. 26 consolidated primary election. Although they have not yet picked up petitions, Rickey Williams Jr., Ward 1, and Steve Foster, Ward 7, both said on Thursday that they do intend to run for another term.

Foster said the older he gets, the more he thinks about not running, but his health is good and he wants to run again, because there are some very important things ahead of the city, and he wants to continue being a watchdog for taxes and city contracts.

"There's no real reason for me not to," he said.

Seven of the city's 14 aldermanic seats are up for election next year.

The aldermen in those seats are Gilbert, Nichols, Williams and Foster in addition to Lois Cooper, Ward 2; Sharon McMahon, Ward 4; and Mike Puhr, Ward 5. According to officials with the Danville Election Commission, Cooper, McMahon and Puhr have not yet picked up petitions, and they could not be reached Thursday for comment on whether they intend to run again.

Others who have picked up petitions for aldermen are Janice Ostiguy, David Crawley and Al Reynolds. Crawley ran for alderman in Ward 1 two years and lost a close race to Alderman Kevin Davis. Reynolds is a local tea party organizer and was the Republican state Senate candidate in the 52nd District in 2010 against Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.

Candidates still have several weeks to pick up nominating petitions at the election commission in the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Monday was the first day to begin circulating petitions to get the necessary number of signatures from registered voters. The petitions must be filed Nov. 19 through Nov. 26.

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