Write-in's filing brings number of candidates for Danville mayoral race to 5

Write-in's filing brings number of candidates for Danville mayoral race to 5

DANVILLE — The filing of a write-in candidate for Danville mayor has pushed the field to five, likely triggering the need for a February primary ahead of April's election.

Sheldon McClain, the owner of local ridesharing business Pullup, turned in his paperwork this week. While the deadline for candidates' names to appear on the ballot had already passed, write-in hopefuls have until Dec. 20 to file, according to Danville Election Commission officials.

Barring any 11th-hour changes, the field — which also includes acting Mayor Rickey Williams Jr., Donald Crews, Steve Nichols and Jim McMahon — would be whittled to two in the Feb. 26 primary.

The two finalists would then run head-to-head in the April 2 consolidated election, with the winner beginning a four-year term in May.

Williams and Crews were the first candidates to submit their petitions, doing so on the opening day of the filing period. Since the order of names on the ballot is determined by the order in which candidates file, a drawing was held Tuesday to break the tie for who gets top billing. Williams won.

The upcoming election will be the first in 16 years that Danville will elect a mayor other than Scott Eisenhauer, who left last month to become Rantoul's village administrator. It will also mark the first time in eight years that more than two candidates are vying for the city's top elected office, which comes with an annual salary of $75,000.

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