Monday is the last day to file petitions to place an Independent’s name on the fall election ballot.
Locally, all eyes will be on Dee Beaubien, who has announced she intends to run against David McSweeney, who beat her candidate, Kent Gaffney, and Danielle Rowe in the March Republican primary election.
DeKalb County Clerk John Adardo has written about what needs to be accomplished and we re-print it below:
Deadlines Approach for Independent Candidates
Are you thinking of running for local office?
Time is running out to throw your hat in the ring.
The filing period for Independent Candidates runs from 8:30 AM on June 18, 2012 through 5:00 PM on June 25, 2012.
[In DeKalb County} independent Candidates must secure a minimum of 117 signatures on their petitions if running for County Board offices or a minimum of 1,460 signatures on their petitions should they choose to run for County-Wide office.
Candidates interested in this opportunity can download forms for local office at
All information pertaining to State-wide and Federal offices can be found at www.elections.il.gov. Once this period passes, there will not be another opportunity to place your name for consideration on the November ballot.
This begins the “full steam ahead” mode for our Election’s office as we ready all the polls, ballots, and begin training the Election Judges for the November Election.
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Candidates in the know wait until the last minute to file petitions in order to get those last signatures and to give the minimum amount of time for opponents to review signatures in preparation for a ballot challenge.