April election is quickly approaching


The April 2 Consolidated Election is the one that determines the most local of government representation with city, village and school boards on the ballot.

A story listing candidates for the various Edgar county school districts appeared in the Feb. 2 issue of The Prairie Press.

Here is what is happening with the municipal elections.

Brocton has one candidate on the ballot. Incumbent trustee Richard Grise is seeking re-election. There are no candidates for the two other trustee spots.

Chrisman will experience a big change on the city council. Incumbent commissioners Jerry Hoult, Tim Own and Rick Jenness are not seeking re-election. Incumbent Rodney Wolfe is seeking re-election as commissioner and two new names are on the ballot– Thad Crispin and Tyler Alexander. That leaves a fourth chair empty, which will have to be filled by appointment after the new council organizes. Incumbent Dan Owen is running unopposed for mayor.

Chrisman Fire Protection District has an open trustee position, but no candidate. There is a space on the ballot for a write-in.

Hume has four candidates for three trustee positions. Incumbents Bob Denbo, John Land and Fern Keys are on the ballot, with Seth Eads also running as a candidate.

Kansas is another community with just one candidate on the ballot. Diana Acord is seeking one of three available trustee seats. There are no candidates for the other two trustee positions.

Kansas Township Library District has three trustee positions on the ballot with Deborah Watson, Nancy Carreon and Toni Brandenburg as candidates.

Metcalf will have Janet Sue Gossett and Randall Wheeler serving on the next village board. The village has three trustee spots available on the ballot, but only two candidates.

Paris has multiple candidates for voters to consider. Incumbent mayor Craig Smith is running for re-election and is being challenged by Daniel Briseno.

All four incumbent commissioners – Jerry Branson, Bob Boyer, Steve Kemper and Harry Hughes – are seeking re-election. Hoping to unseat somebody for a spot at the council table are Jacob Ducharme and Drew Griffin.

Redmon and Vermilion voters have no choices for their respective village boards. No candidates are on the ballot for the mayor or trustee positions in either village.

Clark-Edgar Rural Water District has three trustee positions for that board with three candidates: Roy Sweet, Darcy Keys and Phil Adams.

Regional Board of School Trustees are elected by county, with Paris resident Alan Zuber as the only Edgar County candidate.

Other elections appearing on some of the ballots include: Georgetown-Ridge Farm Community Unit School District, Heritage Community Unit School District, Oakland Community Unit School District, Sidell District Library, trustees Danville Area Community College, trustees Lakeland Community College and trustees Parkland College.

Edgar County Clerk and Recorder August Griffin said his office will be dealing with approximately 100 different ballot styles election day because of the overlapping and strange configurations of some jurisdiction. A prime example is how the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District protrudes into a small area of Prairie Township where there are few people.

“It’s the same thing with the Oakland School District,” said Griffin. “There are only a couple of people that live in the Edgar County portion of the district.”

Early voting for the consolidated election is going on now. County residents wanting to avoid the polls on Election Day can go to the courthouse during regular business hours to vote. Early voting stops April 1.

Registered voters who have not voted by the close of business April 1 must go to a polling place on April 2.

Voting on a limited basis will continue in the courthouse Election Day.

“This is same day registration and voting,” said Griffin.

People who are not registered to vote may complete the registration paperwork and cast a vote April 2 at the courthouse. The same service is not available at the polling places.

Griffin added the last day to request an absentee ballot is March 28.