Candidates for four of Oswego's governing boards braved the bitter cold this morning to file their nominating petitions for the municipal elections approaching on Tuesday, April 5.
The people who file first simultaneously are placed in lotteries for each body to determine which names will be placed at the top of the ballot—a coveted spot in local elections.
Incumbent Village President Brian LeClercq appeared at Village Hall early Monday, along with Trustee Judy Sollinger and resident Philip Smith, to file their petitions of candidacy for Oswego's top spot.
Residents David Richardson, Amanda Mancke, Gail Johnson and Scott Gryder all submitted petitions Monday morning to run for one of the three open Village Board seats now held by trustees Dave Schlaker, Terry Giles and Terry Michaels. None of the three incumbents were present first thing Monday morning to file, according to Village Clerk Jeanne Hoch.
However, candidates have until the Monday, Dec. 20, filing deadline to submit nominating petitions.
In Oswego Community Unit School District 308, Board of Education seats now held by Steve Wolf, Andrea Schweda and John Graff are up for election. Schweda and Graff both filed their petitions Monday morning, but only Graff will participate in a Dec. 21 lottery to see which names go first on the ballot, said Diana Yuhas, assistant to Superintendent Dan O'Donnell.
Graff, along with Aurora resident Brent Lightfoot and Oswego resident Luis Perez, were all first in line at the district office. Oswego resident Bill Walsh also turned in his nominating petitions Monday, Yuhas said.
On the Oswegoland Park District Board of Trustees, one two-year term and two six-year terms are up for grabs. The two-year seat is now held by Michael Satlak, who recently was appointed to the board to fill the seat vacated by Ken Holmstrom, according to Board Secretary Peggy Krahn. The six-year terms are now held by Board President Bob Mattingly and Mark Slover.
Mattingly has filed to keep his seat, while Slover is running for the two-year term, along with resident Roy White, Krahn said. A lottery to determine ballot placement has not been scheduled, but will take place after the Dec. 20 filing deadline, Krahn said.
Oswego Public Library District Board
Three of the seven seats on the Oswego Public Library District will be contested come April. Library Executive Director Sarah Skilton said seats held by Ruth Badal, Donna Fandrey and Lloyd Mattingly will be up for election. So far, Badal is the only person to submit nominating petitions.