BY CAROL ROEHM
DANVILLE — Nominating petitions are in the hands of two more possible candidates for the Danville District 118 school board, increasing the pool of hopefuls to 11.
Candidates may begin filing petitions at 8 a.m. Monday in the superintendent’s office at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.
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 nominating petitions as well as Michael Luzenske, Johnny Carey, Phyllis Roth, Lon Henderson and David Woodrow.
On late Friday afternoon, Darlene Halloran also picked up a petition, and Dr. Ashton picked up a petition for former school board member Judd Peck.
Martha See, school board secretary, said nominating petitions and other applicable documents will be available for pick up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the superintendent’s office until the Dec. 26 filing deadline.
“They have to get 50 signatures of registered voters in the district,” See said of the petition requirements.
Qualifications for candidates include being a citizen of the United States, of the age of 18 years or older, a resident of the State of Illinois and 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.
Due to the Christmas holiday, the filing period was extended and now ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. Petitions are to be filed with the school board secretary 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 also is 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.