Naperville candidate petitions to be available Tuesday

The Naperville Homeowners Confederation hosts a forum for City Council candidates at the Municipal Center in Naperville on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
The Naperville Homeowners Confederation hosts a forum for City Council candidates at the Municipal Center in Naperville on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Beginning Tuesday, petitions for candidacy for the 2015 Naperville municipal election will be available in the City Clerk’s Office at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

To qualify as a candidate, a resident must be a registered voter of the city of Naperville and have resided within the corporate limits for at least one year. Petitions for nomination are filed with the City Clerk’s Office. The filing period will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 through Nov. 24, excluding weekend days.

A consolidated primary election will be held on Feb. 24 if more than four candidates file for any one office, or if there are more than 34 candidates for City Council. The c0onsolidated election will take place April 7.

Up for election in 2015 are the four-year position of mayor and all eight City Council positions. All eight positions are up for election in 2015 due to the decision made by voters in 2013 to retain the existing “at-large” system of Council representation. This action reversed a 2010 referendum question that called for the establishment of districts by 2015.

In 2015, each voter will be able to select eight at-large City Council representatives in addition to voting for the mayor. Districts will not be implemented.

The length of Council terms will be decided by the total number of votes received. In 2015, the four City Council candidates who receive the most votes will serve four-year terms and these seats will be up for election again in 2019. The next four individuals to receive the most votes will serve two-year terms. In 2017, the seats of the individuals who served two-year terms will be up for election as a four-year term. These actions are necessary to once again stagger Council terms and have half of the City Council elected every two years, city officials said.

The mayoral seat was not impacted in any way by the districting process and remains a four-year term.

For more information regarding obtaining a petition for candidacy, call the City Clerk’s Office at 630-305-5300.

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