Updated: Candidates begin filing for Champaign and Urbana offices
CHAMPAIGN — No surprise candidates for city offices surfaced on the first morning of election filings.
Candidates may still file through next Monday, but four city council candidates and three running for township offices filed their papers first thing Monday morning:
— For Champaign City Council District 1, Gina Jackson.
— For District 2, incumbent Michael La Due.
— For District 3, incumbent Vic McIntosh.
— For District 4, incumbent Marci Dodds.
— For City of Champaign Township Assessor, incumbent Brian P. Christie.
— For City of Champaign Township Supervisor, incumbent Pamela K. Borowski and challenger Andy J. Quarnstrom.
Those four city council seats and the District 5 seat will all be up for grabs during an April 9 election. The District 1 incumbent, Will Kyles, said he plans to run for re-election. And District 5 incumbent Paul Faraci had been circulating the petitions he needs to get signed in order to file for candidacy.
Three at-large city council members and Mayor Don Gerard are in the middle of their terms and will be up for election in two years.
Update: 2:30 p.m. on Monday
In Urbana, five candidates were waiting to file when the city clerk's office opened at 8 a.m., and three more submitted their papers later today.
All seven Urbana city council seats are up for election this spring, along with Mayor Laurel Prussing, City Clerk Phyllis Clark, Cunningham Township Supervisor Carol Elliot and Cunningham Township Assessor Dan Stebbins.
— For mayor, incumbent Democrat Prussing and Democrat Les Stratton.
— For Ward 1, incumbent Democrat Charlie Smyth.
— For Ward 3, Democrat Carol Ammons.
— For Ward 4, Democrat Bill Brown.
— For city clerk, Democrat Mike Gatsche.
— For Cunningham Township Supervisor, Michelle Mayol.
— For Cunningham Township Assessor, Laura Sandefur.
Incumbent Alderman Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, D-Ward 4, has said he will not run for re-election this spring. He is supporting Brown's candidacy and said Brown's experience makes him "very qualified."
Stratton's filing to challenge Prussing as a Democrat will force a Feb. 26 primary election. If incumbent city clerk Clark files for re-election, she would also appear on that primary ballot against Gatsche.