A list below includes 31 candidates 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, folks in Community College District #502, including Naperville, will vote for two six-year term College Trustee positions that are open on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees, located in Glen Ellyn.

Questions also will be on the ballot, seeking voter “yes” or “no” input. PN editors will deal with those questions on a separate page. For now, we encourage voters to get to know the 31 candidates.

(CLICK HERE) for shorter calendar of Meet & Greets

Updated Feb. 18, 2019.

This page includes candidate events since Jan. 2, 2019. 

Who’s running?

Municipal Candidates

Candidates for Naperville Mayor are Steve Chirico and Rocky Caylor.

Eleven candidates hoping to fill one of four four-year seats for Naperville City Council member are Patty Gustin, Paul Hinterlong, Michele Clemen, Nancy TurnerTheresa SullivanJoe McElroyWhitney Robbins and Patrick Kelly, Barbara O’Meara, Bradford Miller and Bruce Hanson.

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, Joseph F. Kozminski and Char Lynnette Dalton.

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, Carole M. Jones and Gautam “GB” Bhatia and Natasha Grover.

Update, Feb. 14, 2019 FYI: All candidates running in the Consolidated Election as well as voters in School District 204 need to be mindful of proposed developments in Aurora that greatly could impact the schools. On Feb. 13, 2019, District 204 School Board President Mike Raczak addressed the Aurora Planning Commission during the public comment portion of the meeting. Read Raczak’s remarks here.

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.  

College of DuPage Board of Trustees

Four candidates are seeking to fill two 6-year terms on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Newcomers Annette Corrigan of Wheaton, Marc Incrocci of Darien, Dan Bailey of Wheaton and Maureen Dunne of Naperville will compete for the seats since the two incumbents are not seeking re-election.

Get to know candidates at Meet & Greets / 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. Candidates foot the bill and welcome voters to attend and ask questions for an admission charge.

Get acquainted with the candidates, socialize with other interested residents and determine whether or not you’d like to support the candidates with additional funds to help underwrite printed mailers, signs, websites, paid ads and other items necessary to campaign for many happy returns on April 2, 2019.  Be part of the process.

Post is updated as requested

According to requests to be placed on this event listing, “meet and greet” events hosted by candidates and their campaign committees began Jan. 7.  All events requested for this post will remain in place throughout the campaign. All events are posted in order of receipt.

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. 30, 2019 / Updated as requested Feb. 12, 2019 / Incumbents previously identified with an * no longer are marked except for Naperville Park District where there is no contest. Thanks for getting to know the best-qualified candidates during coffees, other meet & greet opportunities and public forums.


How do candidates get posted here? 

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. Simply send to Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com. Please include “Candidate Website” in the subject line.

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 and visiting often. From now until mid-March, the calendar is full of open meet & greets as well as public candidate forums. —PN


Meet & Greet / 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 as “completed” and gatherings within the next week in red.

Please scroll all the way to the bottom so you don’t miss any of the Candidate Meet & Greets! Thanks.

Public events for 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. 

  • 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 for City Council during Campaign Kickoff Party – Opening remarks by State Senator Michael Connelly.  

  • 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.

Canceled Meet Bradford Miller for City Council at South Naperville fundraiser. (Due to conflict with City Council Public Forums in which the candidate will participate, this fundraiser planned prior to when forums were scheduled has been canceled.)

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

Completed! / Meet Michele Hilger Clemen for City Council during Campaign Kick Off Party (If you missed it, next up is Feb. 25 at Traverso’s.)

  • 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.

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

  • WHERE: Aurelio’s, 1975 Springbrook Square Dr.  
  • WHEN: Monday, February 4, 5:30PM to 7PM
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $50 / Couple $75   Sponsorships available, too: $500 Flag-waiver, $1000 Patriot, $1500 Hero Checks Payable to:

    Citizens to Paul Hinterlong
    15 N Laird Street
    Naperville, IL 60540

  • RSVP: Everybody’s welcome!

***Alert! Thanks to all readers who pay attention to all policy issues and codes as well as growth and development from the 5th Avenue Train Station to south Naperville. Be mindful way in advance of public meetings. 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.

Note! At least 14 Public Forums are planned. All 14 forums, all free of admission charge, are posted on a designated page linked here.

Completed! 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

Postponed! 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 (Canceled/Rescheduled Feb. 6.)
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution — $40
  • RSVP: via facebook or email pkelly@kellyfornaperville.com

Completed! 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 – $100 (See website. Some specials apply.)
  • WEBSITE/FUNDRAISER INFO: HansonforNaperville.com

Completed! 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 and Valet
  • RSVP: ChiricoForMayor@gmail.com

Completed! Candidate Patty Gustin Birthday Bash Fundraiser for Re-Election to City Council / Speakers Councilwomen Judy Brodhead & Rebecca Obarski (If you missed it, next up is Feb. 21 at Angeli’s and March 20 at the VFW.)

  • 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

To learn more about re-electing Patty Gustin to City Council, visit Patty Gustin*. Or attend February 21 and/or March 20 Meet & Greets.

Completed! 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.com

Canceled due to SHOW Meet & Greet! Candidate Patty Gustin Re-Election Fundraiser with a Heart

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

To learn more about re-electing Patty Gustin to City Council, visit Patty Gustin*

March 20! 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. (Tentative Date. Stay tuned.)
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $25 Advance / $50 At Door
  • RSVP at electgustin2019@gmail.

Completed! 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.

WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK! FREE! 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.

THURSDAY THIS WEEK! FREE! Meet & Greet Candidates Forum hosted by South Homeowners of Wheatland (SHOW) 

  • WHERE: 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Road
  • WHEN:  Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6PM to 8:30PM 
  • RSVP:  Everyone’s welcome!
  • FREE 
  • 20-Year advocates for 30,000 residents in dozens of subdivisions seek all candidates for Mayor/City Council to participate. Candidates RSVP to Kenn Miller at (630) 544-1211.

February 25! Meet & Greet Michele Hilger Clemen, Candidate for Naperville City Council

  • WHERE: Traverso’s Restaurant – Naperville, 2523 Plainfield Naperville Rd
  • WHEN:  Monday, February 25, 2019, 6PM to 8:30PM 
  • RSVP:  RSVP via Facebook or email MicheleForNaperville@gmail.com
  • Suggested contribution $40/per person or $75/couple 
To learn more about Michele visit: www.michelehilgerclemenfornaperville.com

Completed! Theresa Sullivan for Naperville City Council Pizza Fundraiser

  • WHERE: Braconi’s Pizzeria, 796 Royal St. George Dr. Naperville, IL 
  • WHEN:  Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4PM to 7PM
  • RSVP:  Family Friendly!
  • Suggested contribution 

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

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

Completed! Dan Bailey for COD Trustee presents Chord Cabal performance at the Oasis Cafe

  • WHERE: Cairo Ale House 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago, Il, 60185
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7PM – 10PM
  • COST: Suggested donation $40 ($27donation + $13 for costs) Cash bar. Checks Payable to: Citizens for Dan Bailey, 302 S Prospect St., Wheaton, IL 60187
  • RSVP: RSVP to info@danbailey.org  Facebook Dan Bailey for COD  Everybody’s welcome! 
Completed! Rocky for Mayor Campaign Rally / Everyone is welcome!
  • WHERE: Francesca’s Passaggio – 3124 Route 59, Naperville, IL 60564
  • WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2019, 5:30PM to 7:30PM 
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution — $30 (Light Appetizers / Cash Bar)
  • RSVP: www.rockyformayor.com / Sponsorships available.

Completed! Naperville Area Leadership Network Meet & Greet with Networking for community & business leaders / State Senator John Curran, Alive Center Executive Director Kandice Henning, and Naperville Plan Commissioner Bruce Hanson will present. All local Naperville candidates and officials are welcome to attend. Candidates in attendance will be invited to make brief introductory remarks. Opening comments from Naperville Councilman Kevin Coyne.

  • WHERE: Aurelio’s Pizza, 1975 Springbrook Square Dr.
  • WHEN: Monday, February 11, 2019, 7PM.
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution for Pizza & Soft Drink – $15 / Cash Bar Available
  • Everybody’s welcome!

March 4! Meet & Greet Fundraiser to Re-Elect Paul Hinterlong to Naperville City Council

  • WHERE: VFW Lower Level Porch – Naperville, 908 W. Jackson Ave.
  • WHEN:  Monday, March 4, 2019, 5:30PM to 7PM 
  • RSVP:  Everybody’s Welcome!
  • Suggested contribution $30/per person or $60/couple and Veterans Free

To learn more about Paul Hinterlong, visit: VoteHinterlong.com

This Sunday! Ice Cream Social at Colonial – Family Event / Meet Bruce Hanson, Candidate for City Council

  • WHERE: Colonial Restaurant – Naperville Plaza 1101 S. Washington Naperville 60540
  • WHEN:  Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2PM to 3:30PM 
  • RSVP:  Hosted by Amy Amato, Stephanie Jacks, Monica Lodge, Amanda Hanson and Kim Coyne
  • Suggested contribution: Any amount, but not required. 

March 13! Bruce Hanson Campaign Pizza Night


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 rates and 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 (Yes! All caps means we raised our voice!)

Note that as the list grew to more than 10, the 14 candidate forums for this important election were posted and updated on a separate page. Yes. This important election has drawn interest from many hopefuls to fill empty seats on City Council and school boards. Get to know how they will represent you by attending a candidate forum or meet & greet. Thank you very much.

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