Yesterday, McHenry County Blog told of those who filed for office on the first day petitions could be turned in.
All five incumbents are running:
- Haig Haleblian
- Donald Kountz
For City Council:
- Cameron D. Hubbard
- Mandy Montford
- Ian Philpot
For City Clerk:
- Nick Kachiroubas
City Clerk Kachiroubas reports that only 22 signatures are needed to gain ballot access (1% of the last mayoral election which was 2,174 votes ..so 22 signatures).
Of course, based on two precious elections, one should have at least twice that number because election challenges, decided by other incumbent council members, can be expected.
- too few signatures or
- not stapling one’s receipt from the County Clerk’s Office for filing a Statement of Economic Interest to
- one’s Statement of Candidacy to
- one’s petitions (which must be numbered)
has been reason enough to be kicked off the ballot for the past two elections.
A new element this time around is Steve Willson’s offer of campaign advice, which appeared in a comment under yesterday’s story:
The greatest justification for democracy is that the majority get the government they deserve.
If there are good people, willing to run and serve, I stand ready to help them understand how to run a winning campaign.
I can also explain how government REALLY works at the local level and how to understand local government finance so that they can be effective in office.
BTW, by “good” people, I mean people who see their job at the local level as being a check on the bureaucracy, as being a skeptic who demands answers rather than a cheerleader who does whatever they’re told.
Willson is a former Township Trustee from what he calls “the People’s Republic of Oak Park” and has offered winning advice to McHenry County College, County and legislative candidates.