A list below includes 27 candidates, including one for City Council who reportedly withdrew this week, who have filed to run in the Consolidated Election on Tues., April 2, 2019. That important date is when the local electorate will vote for Naperville Mayor and City Council, District 203 and District 204 school boards and Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners.

In addition, two six-year term College Trustee positions are open on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees, Community College District #502, located in Glen Ellyn.

Municipal Candidates

Candidates for Naperville Mayor are Steve Chirico* and Rocky Caylor.

Ten candidates now are hoping to fill one of four four-year seats for Naperville City Council member are Patty Gustin*, Paul Hinterlong*, Bradford Miller, Michele Clemen, Theresa SullivanBruce Hanson, (Whitney Robbins withdrew from race, but still could appear on ballot.Patrick Kelly, Barbara O’Meara, Nancy Turner and Joe McElroy. 

School Board Candidates

Six candidates hoping to serve one of three available four-year terms on the School District 203 Board of Education are Janet Yang Rohr*, Kristine M. Gericke*, Becky Rudolph, Cecilia Fox, Char Lynnette Dalton and Joseph F. Kozminski.

Five candidates hoping to serve one of three available four-year terms on the School District 204 Board of Education are Mark Rising*, Justin J. Karubas*, Natasha Grover*, Carole M. Jones and Gautam “GB” Bhatia.

Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners

Three candidates vying for three four-year terms on the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners are incumbents Rich Janor and Marie Todd, and newcomer Josh McBroom. With only three candidates and three seats to fill, for the second Consolidated Election in a row, there will be no contest for the NPD Board of Commissioners.  

Get to know all candidates / Local matters most

Now is the time to become familiar with all candidates and the issues. Ask why they’re running. And find out what they know about the local governing bodies on which they wish to serve. 

“Meet & Greet” opportunities usually are priced by candidates to cover costs of light refreshments, perhaps one drink ticket, and the privacy of room at a restaurant to host the event. Get acquainted with the candidates and determine whether or not you’d like to support them with additional funds for mailers, signs and other items necessary to campaign for many happy returns on April 2, 2019.

According to requests to be placed on this event listing, fundraising “meet and greet” events to welcome attendance by interested residents to become acquainted with candidates began Jan. 7.  All events requested for this post will remain in place throughout the campaign.

We’re reminded again of the words attributed to an ancient Greek philosopher, mindful way back when that one of the most important rights and responsibilities that citizens have is to become involved and choose leaders  who will focus on things that are important to them. According to Plato, “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

—Originally Posted Dec. 11, 2018 / Reposted Jan. 5, 2019 / Updated as requested Jan. 20, 2019 / *Incumbents

Note! Candidate websites/events are posted upon request and at no charge on this Meet & Greet page. Requests must be made by the candidates or their campaign organizers in our quest to help voters get to know the hopefuls and the issues. In our opinion, and since social media is member-based and not necessarily available to everyone, a managed website indicates that a candidate is serious about the election. Thanks for your continued interest. —PN

***Meanwhile, all readers are encouraged to pay attention to the issues. Kindly study an important proposal for its economic impact on all local governing bodies, schools and all residents. Route 59 Corridor Study / Comprehensive Plan – Draft is proposed for discussion purposes only. Local matters.

Fundraisers Planned for 2019

All local candidates are welcome to send dates to post here that include website addresses for public meet & greets as well as fundraisers. Please follow the simple format and send info to stephanie@positivelynaperville.com. Thank you.

PN will mark already past events and this week’s gatherings in red.

Public events for January, February & March posted in order as received…

Completed! / Join the Bruce Hanson for Council Committee to Kick Off Our Campaign with a Party. Live Music by Tres Moustache. Special Guest Speaker Grant Wehrli. (If you missed it, next up is Feb. 12 at Hugo’s.)

  • WHERE: Club Mamalu, 10 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL
  • WHEN: Monday, January 14, 2019, 6 to 8PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $50 includes one drink ticket
  • WEBSITE/INFO: HansonforNaperville.com

Completed! / Meet Rocky Caylor when Rocky for Mayor Committee kicks off campaign at Braconi’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. (If you missed it, next up is Feb. 28 at Aurelio’s.)

  • WHERE: Braconi’s, Cress Creek Shopping Center, 796 Royal St. George, Naperville, IL
  • WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 6 to 8PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $25 / Cash Bar
  • RSVP ONLINE AT WWW.ROCKYFORMAYOR.COM

Completed! / Meet Bradford Miller during Campaign Kickoff Party – Opening remarks by State Senator Michael Connelly.  (If you missed it, next up is Feb. 20 at Taps N Tenders.)

  • WHERE: Braconi’s, Cress Creek Shopping Center, 796 Royal St. George, Naperville, IL
  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $30 / Cash Bar
  • RSVP via facebook or email bradford@millerfornaperville.com.

Meet Bradford Miller at South Naperville fundraiser at an awesome new restaurant, Taps N Tenders.

  • WHERE: Taps N Tenders, 3320 Rt 59, Naperville.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $30 / Cash Bar
  • RSVP via facebook or email bradford@millerfornaperville.com.

Completed! / Meet Michele Hilger Clemen during Campaign Kick Off Party

  • WHERE: Jimmy’s Grill, 245 S Washington Street
  • WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:30 to 8PM
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $50
  • RSVP via facebook or email MicheleForNaperville@gmail.com.

Meet Paul Hinterlong for City Council Fundraiser at Aurielo’s. 

  • WHERE: Aurelio’s, 1975 Springbrook Square Dr.  
  • WHEN: Alert! (Date previously set for Jan. 31 has been changed. Please stay tuned for new date planned for February.) 5:30 to 7PM
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – TBD
  • RSVP: Everybody’s welcome!

***Alert! Thanks to all readers who pay attention. Kindly study an important proposal for its economic impact on all local governing bodies, schools and all residents. Route 59 Corridor Study / Comprehensive Plan – Draft is proposed for discussion purposes only. Local matters.

Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Candidate Forums (Pending candidate availability, five events are planned.)

  • WHERE: Council Chambers, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street
  • WHEN: 7PM Thurs., Feb. 7 – College of DuPage Board of Trustees; 7PM Wed., Feb. 13 – School District 203 Board of Education; 7PM Tues., Feb. 26 – School District 204 Board of Education; 7PM Thurs., Feb. 28 – Naperville City Council; and 7PM Mon., March 4 – Naperville Mayor.
  • COST: Free of Admission Charge / Stay tuned for more details or changes. Forums also will be live on public access TV and streaming online as well as rebroadcast.

Joe McElroy for Naperville City Council Celebration

  • WHERE: Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus, 605 N. Ellsworth
  • WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2 to 3:30PM
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution / $50, Couple / $75
  • RSVP: Joe for Naperville (630) 803-4375

Join Patrick Kelly for a fundraiser at Solemn Oath, including tours of the brewery.

  • WHERE: Solemn Oath, 1661 Quincy Ave., Naperville
  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6 to 8PM
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution — $40
  • RSVP: via facebook or email pkelly@kellyfornaperville.com

Join the Bruce Hanson for Council Committee for fundraiser at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House.

  • WHERE: Hugo’s Frog Bar, Main Street Promenade, Downtown Naperville
  • WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30 to 7PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $75 (See website. Some specials apply.)
  • WEBSITE/FUNDRAISER INFO: HansonforNaperville.com

This Thursday! Chirico for Mayor Campaign Kick Off Rally 

  • WHERE: Features Bar & Grill, 10 W. Chicago Ave., Downtown Naperville
  • WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5:30 to 7PM.
  • COST: FREE / Cocktails and Appetizers
  • RSVP: ChiricoForMayor@gmail.com

This Wednesday! Candidate Patty Gustin Birthday Bash Fundraiser for Re-Election to City Council / Speakers Councilwomen Judy Brodhead & Rebecca Obarski

  • WHERE: Naperville Woman’s Club, Downtown Naperville
  • WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6PM to 8PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $25 Advance / $50 At Door
  • RSVP at electgustin2019@gmail.com

Rocky Caylor for Naperville Mayor Campaign Party

  • WHERE: Aurelio’s Pizza, 1975 Springbrook Square Dr.
  • WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2019, 6PM to 8PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $30
  • WEBSITE/FUNDRAISER INFO: www.rockyformayor.org

Candidate Patty Gustin Re-Election Fundraiser with a Heart

  • WHERE: Angeli’s, 1478 E. Chicago Ave.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 2019, 5:30 to 6PM to 8PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $25 Advance / $50 At Door
  • RSVP at electgustin2019@gmail.com

Candidate Patty Gustin Re-Election Fundraiser Spring into Action: Vote!

  • WHERE: Judd Kendall VFW Post, 908 W. Jackson Ave.
  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6PM to 8PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $25 Advance / $50 At Door
  • RSVP at electgustin2019@gmail.

Meet Marc Incrocci for College of DuPage Board of Trustees at the Skeleton Key Brewery

  • WHERE: Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Road Unit 300, Woodridge, IL
  • WHEN:  Sunday, January 27, 2019 6-9PM
  • COST: $25 cash only (includes complimentary craft beer and hors d’oeuvres)
  • RSVP:  Everyone’s welcome; any questions, contact Marc.Incrocci.forCOD@gmail.com.

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Mayor/City Council Candidate Mixer / Note new format will be introduced in the spirit of speed networking: One table for each candidate. Candidates will spend 5-6 minutes per table answering question. There will be 8 people per table (max 10) and the final table will be a media table. Media can then ask questions and NCTV will get a 2-minute video of each candidate.  

  • WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1823 Abriter Ct.
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4-6:30PM (Registration 4PM, Program Kick-Off 4:30PM, Formal Speed Networking ends at 6PM, Open Networking begins at 6PM.)
  • RSVP:  Everyone’s welcome!
  • FREE / Reservations requested (Light refreshments served. Cash bar available.)

Please also note the NACC does not endorse political candidates and is distinct from NACPAC.

Link to 13 Public Candidate Forums

Early Voting begins Mon., March 18, and runs through Mon., April 1, at the Naperville Municipal Center. Election Day Polls at precincts throughout the city will be open 6AM to 7PM Tuesday, April 2.

Reminder! Candidate websites/events are posted upon request and at no charge on this Meet & Greet page. Requests must be made by the candidates or their campaign organizers in our quest to help voters get to know the hopefuls and the issues. Campaign paid advertising is available in print with digital availability. In our opinion, and since social media is member-based and not necessarily available to everyone, a managed website indicates that a candidate is serious about the election and serving the community. Thanks for your interest. —PN

One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. —Plato

Election Day / Polls open 6AM-7PM Tues., April 2

Justin Karubas will host candidates, school board members, administrators, teachers and residents for Indian Prairie 204 Election Day Coming Together Party.

  • WHERE: Ashbury Clubhouse, Naperville.
  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6 to 9PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – TBD
  • RSVP to karubas@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE OF CANDIDATE FORUMS: Note that as the list grew to more than 10, the 13 candidate forums were posted and updated on a separate page.