Candidates prepare for spring election

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Beloit Daily News file photo From left: Clinton Anderson, Nancy Forbeck and Sherry Blakeley.

BELOIT - Even before the Nov. 6 general election, potential candidates for the School District of Beloit Board of Education and Beloit City Council are considering running in the April 2 election.

Local voters will cast ballots for school board, city council, Rock County Circuit Court and Court of Appeals in the spring. Candidates have until Jan. 2 to declare candidacy and file nomination papers, according to the City of Beloit Clerk-Treasurers Office.

If necessary, a primary will be held on Feb. 19 ahead of the April 2 election.

Beloit Clerk-Treasurer staff said candidates can pick up election nomination packets on Nov. 1, and begin circulating petitions on Dec. 1. Those interested in running for office are required to collect no less than 100 but no more than 200 signatures in order to qualify as a candidate.

This spring, Beloit City Council seats up for election include those currently held by Clinton Anderson, Sherry Blakeley and Nancy V. Forbeck. All three candidates were elected to their first term in April of 2017.

When contacted by the Beloit Daily News, all three said they were planning on running again this spring.

"I think it's going very well," Blakeley said. "It took me a while to get the hang of that, but that's normal. I like the positive things that have gone on in the city, and being aware of all the issues handled by the city. I think we've really moved forward in the last couple of years and I am really happy to be a small part of that."

Forbeck said she was pleased with the makeup of the council.

"I am liking the diversity of the council, not racially, but also age-wise," Forbeck said. "I am really learning a lot about city government and I think I am getting a better grasp."

Anderson said as a city councilor, he's been able to direct residents to things they need.

"There's a big difference between being elected and being a candidate," Anderson said. "You really get to know the staff at a different level and really help coordinate things people need."

There will be four seats available for on the School District of Beloit Board of Education in the April election.

The three seats currently held by newly appointed board members John Wong, Nora Gard and Jeff Klett will be up for election. Two of the three seats of the newly appointed members will be for three years, and one will be for one year.

Gard and Klett told the Daily News they will not be seeking re-election, and Wong said he is undecided.

Board President Pam Charles is up for re-election. Her seat is for a three year term.

She said she too is undecided.

In Illinois, candidates have from Nov. 19 to 26 to file nomination papers for the Feb. 26 primary election. Candidates have from Dec. 10 to 17 for filing nomination papers for the April 2 spring election, according to Winnebago County Clerk's Office elections staff.

Officers on the ballot include village trustee, village president, mayor and city council. Races locally include the Village of Roscoe Board of Trustees, Village of Rockton Board of Trustees and City of South Beloit Council.

The mayor and four council seats will be up for election in South Beloit,.

South Beloit Clerk's Office staff confirmed all four current council members have picked up paperwork. Mayor Ted Rehl could not be reached for comment.

Residents who have also picked up nomination paperwork include former fire chief Ken Morse, former street department supervisor Brian Hedrington, Tom Hartwig and Steve Hatch.

In Rockton, three trustee seats held by incumbents Cory Magnus, Jodi May and John Peterson are up for election. Rockton Clerk's Office staff confirmed all three have picked up nomination papers. Residents who have picked up paperwork for candidacy include Frank Saladino, Tyler Seever, Lisa Roberts and Gary Yeiser.

Roscoe Village Clerk Lori Taylor could not be reached for comment regarding candidate and nomination filing information.

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