Prospective candidates begin picking up forms for Naperville election

The first official inklings of next spring’s Naperville elections began to take form Tuesday morning.

Eleven residents picked up candidate packets on the first day they became available to prospective office holders in the upcoming consolidated elections. The potential candidates included five current City Council members, although not all of them aim to remain in their current positions in the April 7, 2015, elections that will put all eight council positions and the mayor’s post before the electorate.

Longtime Councilman Doug Krause was waiting when the window to the city clerk’s office rolled open at 9 a.m.

“Somebody’s got to start the silly season,” Krause quipped as he walked away with the documents.

A councilman since 1989, Krause declined to specify whether he plans to seek another term or will make a fresh run for the mayor’s job, an office he has sought in the past.

“I have a leaning towards where we are going,” he said. “But I’ll make an official announcement after Labor Day, next week.”

If he opts for another mayoral run, Krause will likely face fellow Councilman Steve Chirico, who announced his hope to replace Mayor A. George Pradel just after last year’s spring elections. Pradel has announced he will not run for re-election. Chirico was another of those who took home nominating papers on Tuesday.

In addition to Krause and Chirico, packets also were collected on Tuesday by council members Judy Brodhead, David Wentz and Paul Hinterlong, who picked up two packets.

Prospective candidates must gather and submit a minimum of 168 qualified signatures each before they can declare themselves in the running.

“That’s not hard to do, actually,” said Kevin Coyne, an attorney and current member of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, who earlier this month announced his intention to seek one of the council positions. “That’s the easy part.”

Coyne, who picked up his packet just after Krause, will be making his second run for the council once his paperwork has been accepted. He fell short in the tight spring 2013 round, edged out by first-time council member and fellow attorney Wentz.

So far, Coyne said he’s feeling upbeat about his new campaign.

“I got really good feedback from all the (newspaper) articles,” he said.

The remaining packets were picked up by residents Scott Albrecht, Janice Marie Anderson, Bill Eagan, Matthew Eastman and Wayne Floegel, who might challenge the incumbents, but not necessarily. The individuals who pick up packets are not always the candidates themselves.

Completed nominating papers will be turned in Nov. 17 to 24. If more than 32 people file for the eight council seats, a primary election will take place Feb. 24.

Although terms usually are staggered, with four seats coming up for election every two years, all of them will expire in the spring because voters in last year’s local elections decisively reversed their 2010 referendum decision to replace the existing at-large council representation with electoral districts. Of the eight winners next spring, the four who draw the highest vote totals will serve four-year terms. The terms of the remaining four will expire in 2017.

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