BY CAROL ROEHM
Nine people have picked up nominating petitions and shown an interest in vying for a seat on the Danville District 118 school board.
The school board has four seats to be filled during the upcoming April 9 election. The terms that are expiring are for Dr. Randal P. Ashton, Daniel D. Brown, Greg Hilleary and Frank R. Young. Those four vacancies are full terms of four years each.
As of Friday, all four incumbent candidates have picked up nominating petitions as well as Michael Luzenske, Johnny Carey, Phyllis Roth, Lon Henderson and David Woodrow.
Prospective candidates may pick up nominating petitions and other applicable documents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the superintendent’s office at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.
Qualifications for candidates include being a citizen of the United States, of the age of 18 years or older, a resident of Illinois and of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election, a registered voter, registered to vote in general elections from a residence located in the school district on the date of the election and shall not be a school trustee or school treasurer.
The filing period for nominating petitions begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. Petitions are to be filed with the secretary to the board of education in the superintendent’s office. Objections to petitions need to be filed between Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.
Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office.
Since District 118 will be closed for winter break during part of the petition filing and objection period, the superintendent’s office will be open for limited hours between Dec. 20 and Jan. 2.
The office hours are as follows: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-19; 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 20 and 21; office closed Dec. 24 and 25; 3-5 p.m. Dec. 26, the last day to file; 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 27, 28 and 31; office closed Jan. 1; 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 2, with a lottery drawing at 10 a.m.; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 3.
Additional information for candidates is also available from Marietta West, election specialist, Vermilion County Clerk, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville at 554-1911 or from the Illinois State Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.state.il.us/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/2011canguide.pdf.