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November 26, 2012

Stage set for city election face-offs

DANVILLE — The final day of filings for the spring’s city election was pretty quiet.

There will be a few face-offs in the consolidated election in April, with two candidates running in four of the city’s seven wards.

Wards 1, 4 and 6 don’t have any competition for Ward 1 Alderman Rickey Williams Jr., Ward 4 Alderwoman Sharon McMahon and Ward 6 Alderman Steve Nichols.

There are not five candidates running in any ward, so no city primary is likely needed. But there can be write-in candidates to cause a primary through Dec. 27.

“At this point, I would need at least three write-ins before a primary would be warranted,” said Danville Election Commission Director Barbara Dreher.

It’s rare for the city to see multiple write-in candidates.

The consolidated primary election, if needed, would be Feb. 26. A primary election is conducted if there are five or more people running for a seat. State law changed the number from three or more people running for a seat to help smaller jurisdictions save money.

The Danville Election Commission office saw only three more people file Monday to run for city office next spring.

The candidates:

  • Ward 1: Williams.
  • Ward 2: Darrell Heath, 40 W. Jefferson St., filed on Monday to run against another newcomer, Frank Hoskins.

Current Ward 2 Alderwoman Lois Cooper isn’t seeking reelection.

  • Ward 3: Current Alderman Bill Gilbert will face challenger Roosevelt J. Davis, 1308 E. Main St., who filed on Monday.
  • Ward 4: McMahon.
  • Ward 5: Current Alderman Mike Puhr is being challenged by newcomer Janis L. Osteguy-Byrne.
  • Ward 6: Nichols.
  • Ward 7: Alderman Steve Foster is being challenged by Al Reynolds.

The consolidated election will be on April 9.

Seventeen people had picked up election petitions to possibly file to run for alderman.

Dreher adds that Monday, Dec. 3 is the last day to file an objection to any petitions. Also, Dec. 27 is the last day to file an intent to be a write-in candidate.

The elections are non-partisan. The positions, one in each ward of the 14-member city council consisting of two aldermen from each ward, are four-year terms.

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