Candidates can begin gathering signatures for April election

Candidates can begin gathering signatures for April election

While many are likely thinking about this year’s general election in early November, the wheels are already in motion for the next local consolidated election in April 2015.

Council seats and school board positions in several cities and villages, plus all five commissioner spots for the Carlinville Park District, are up for election April 7, 2015.

Seats up for election within the city of Carlinville are Ward 1, now occupied by Dick Mottershaw; Ward 2, now occupied by Jan Best; Ward 3, now occupied by Brian Mitchell; and Ward 4, now occupied by Joe Direso.

The city of Carlinville currently has nine aldermen. David Steiner is serving as an alderman at-large while the remaining spots are held by George Cerar (Ward 1), Tim Coonrod (Ward 2), Doug Downey (Ward 3) and Sarah Oswald (Ward 4). All four were elected to four-year terms in contested races in April 2013, along with Mayor Deanna Demuzio, clerk Carla Brockmeier and treasurer Jody Reichmann.

Four seats on the Carlinville Community Unit School District No. 1 Board of Election are up for election next spring. The seats are now occupied by Bobbie Bates, David Rathgeb, Martha Armour and Charles Siegel.

There will be five seats available on the Carlinville Park District. Those now serving are Larry Smith, president; Dale Chapman, vice president; Michelle Tiburzi; treasurer; Bob Duckels; and Chris Gibbel.

Those wishing to file as non-partisan candidates for the April 14 consolidated election could begin gathering signatures in late September. The number of signatures required depends on the turnouts from previous elections.

Those running as either Democratic or Republican Party are required to file the proper paperwork Nov. 17-24, while the filing period for independents is Dec. 15-22.

In addition to Carlinville, local elections also will take place in several municipalities, including Benld, Brighton, Bunker Hill, Gillespie, Girard, Mt. Olive, Palmyra, Shipman, Staunton and Virden.

The Brighton-Betsey Ann Fire District plus various library districts also will have seats up for election in 2015. Paperwork for the consolidated elections was available in most instances Sept. 23

Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan said there’s the potential for a partisan primary in the city of Carlinville. If two or more individuals file with the Democratic or Republican party, a primary would take place in March.

The date for a consolidated primary next year, if one is needed, would be Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

While other places may have more than one individual file for a certain position, Duncan said due to population, many hold caucuses instead of a primary.

By Daniel Winningham