Seven candidates file for Danville council on first day

DANVILLE — Seven people filed nominating petitions Monday to run for one of seven aldermanic seats up for election next spring on the Danville City Council.

Four incumbents and three challengers turned in their paperwork to the Danville Election Commission on Monday, the first day of the filing period, which ends Nov. 26. More than a dozen have picked up nominating petitions over the last few months, but they won't all be candidates for alderman unless they file their paperwork with the necessary number of signatures from registered voters from their respective wards.

The city council is comprised of two aldermen from each of Danville's seven wards, and there's one seat in each ward up for election in April. The incumbents in each ward plan to run again, except for Lois Cooper in Ward 2.

In that ward, three have picked up nominating petitions, Darrell Heath, Jean Davis and Frank Hoskins, but Hoskins was the only one to file on Monday. Hoskins ran for council in 2007 against the other Ward 2 Aldermen Rick Strebing and lost.

In Ward 3, incumbent Bill Gilbert filed.

In Ward 5, incumbent Mike Puhr filed along with challenger Janis Ostiguy.

In Ward 6, incumbent Steve Nichols filed.

And in Ward 7, incumbent Steve Foster and challenger Al Reynolds both filed. Reynolds has never run for alderman but has run for elected office. In 2010, Reynolds won his way onto the Republican ticket for state Senate as a write-in candidate in the primary election and lost in the general election to state Sen. Mike Frerichs.

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