Maybe the reason not many people are willing to seek a
seat on city councils or school boards is the complicated filing
and geographical areas that make up each city ward or school
Actually, DeKalb School District 428 is the simplest, while and
Sycamore School District 427 is the most complicated.
In District 428, there are three seats up for election
and candidates can live anywhere in the district. Petitions are
available at the DeKalb County Clerk's Office, 133 W. State St.,
Sycamore, at the clerk's website, dekalb.il.clerkserve.com under
2017 Consolidated Elections.
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The filing period for petitions is Dec. 12 through 19.
Petitions must have at least 50 signatures of voters who live
in the school district. Those not up for election this time are
Rick Smith, Kerry Mellott, Fred Davis and Howard Solomon. School
board members serve without pay in DeKalb and Sycamore.
In District 427, there is a township system. No more than three
board members can be from the same township, and the district
includes Sycamore, Cortland, Mayfield, DeKalb, and Squaw Grove
townships. There are two board members from Cortland and one
from Sycamore township not up for election in 2017, so only one
seat is available in Cortland and two from Sycamore township.
Same filing dates apply as DeKalb.
Four out of the seven seats are up for election in April.
If that is confusing, call the District 427 office if you need
DeKalb has an April City Council election in 2nd, 4th and
6th wards for four-year terms, and a two-year term is up for
grabs in the 7th Ward. The mayor's position is also up for election
and there are already two candidates who said they intend to
run, incumbent Mayor John Rey and challenger Mike Embrey. At
least two others are contemplating entering the race, I hear.
If you are in it for the money, you should know that council
members get only $5,400 a year and the mayor - who also is the
city liquor commissioner - earns $22,500. When the new city clerk
is seated after the April election that pay will go from the
current $5,000 up to $8,000.
The Sycamore city elections also will be held next April.
Mayor Ken Mundy has decided not to seek re-election. At least
three people are contemplating running for mayor - City Clerk
Candy Smith, council members Rick Kramer and Curt Lang.
There is one seat in each of the four wards up for election
in April - seats held by Alan Bauer, Pete Paulson, Steve Braser
and Janice Tripp. Also, the city clerk position is open. The
mayor gets paid $25,000 a year including liquor commissioner
duties. Council members each get $4,800. The city clerk's salary
is $60,405 a year.
Petitions for all offices also can be found on the clerk's
website printed above, in the 2017 Candidate's Guide. Candidates must complete
a statement of candidacy, submit nonpartisan municipal nominating
petitions and an optional loyalty oath. All of the forms are
included in the guide.