CRYSTAL LAKE – Election season has started in Crystal Lake as residents are now able to pick up packets at City Hall.
Positions up for election in 2015 include the four-year term for mayor as well as three four-year City Council positions. Packets for all positions can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St.
Once candidates pick up a packet, they may begin circulating nominating petitions, which must be completed and filed with the city clerk between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. At the time of filing, candidates must provide petitions for nomination, a statement of candidacy, an optional loyalty oath and a statement of economic interest receipt.
In return, candidates will receive a notice of obligation, a copy of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices Act and a receipt for filing.
While the general election is scheduled for April 7, candidates could face a consolidated primary election Feb. 24, if more than four candidates file for the position of mayor and if more than eight candidates file for City Council positions.
The City Council seats that will be available are held by Brett Hopkins, Ellen Brady Mueller and Cathy Ferguson. Shepley has held his mayor seat since 1999.
City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas said he does not believe anyone has picked up a packet yet.
Resources for candidates can be found on the Illinois State Election Board website at www.elections.state.il.us. The Crystal Lake clerk's office recommends all candidates consult with a lawyer when preparing papers.
Anyone with questions can call the city clerk at 815-459-2020, ext. 4084.