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Nominating petitions available for April’s consolidated elections

Election judge Sharon Werdell assembles voting booths as she and her peers set up a polling location March 19 at Hope Church in Crystal Lake.
Election judge Sharon Werdell assembles voting booths as she and her peers set up a polling location March 19 at Hope Church in Crystal Lake.

Multiple trustee and alderman seats in McHenry County, as well as a few village president and mayoral seats, are up for grabs during the 2019 consolidated election in April.

Residents interested in running for open seats can begin circulating petitions starting Tuesday.

For nonpartisan city candidates, signatures are required from no less than 5 percent or more than 8 percent – or 50 more than the minimum number, whichever is greater – of the number of people who voted at the last regular election of local candidates.

For nonpartisan village candidates, signatures are required from 1 percent of the total vote cast at the last preceding election in the village for president.

Some municipalities have already made their forms available to the public.

The city of McHenry has four alderman seats available in Wards 2, 4, 6 and 7 and is offering petitions at city hall, 333 S. Green St. Business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Petitions for the open Marengo City Council seats in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 can be picked up at city hall, 132 E. Prairie St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Other municipalities are waiting until the circulation date.

The village of Huntley will open petitions for the three available trustee seats on Tuesday. Forms can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Huntley Municipal Complex, 10987 Main St.

The village clerk seat and three trustee seats are available in Cary. Starting on Tuesday, petitions can be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Cary Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive.

In Lakewood, four trustee terms and a two-year presidential term are open this election cycle. Petitions should be available at village hall, 2500 Lake Ave., and online by Monday, according to village officials.

In Crystal Lake, the mayor’s seat and three other city council members are also available.

In addition to the residency requirements, candidates must not be arrears in the payment of any tax or other indebtedness due to the municipality and must not have been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury or other felony.

Petition filing begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 10 and closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

For more information on candidacy requirements for municipal positions or for electronic copies of the nominating petitions, visit the Illinois Board of Elections website or the McHenry County Clerk’s website.

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