Above / On Feb. 7, 2019, the Naperville Professional Firefighters hosted an engaging Meet & Greet for candidates running in the nonpartisan 2019 Consolidated Election to serve on City Council. The mixer held at Empire Burger Bar provided a casual time for individuals seeking public office to become acquainted with members of the Naperville Fire Department as well as officials from the City of Naperville in advance of the spring election. 

Now is the time for voters to visit candidate websites and to become familiar with the issues during public forums. Perhaps arrange a coffee for a candidate or join the spirit of the campaign for a hopeful you support.

Polls will be open from 6AM to 7PM on Election Day, Tues., April 2, 2019.

Yes, Naperville! There is an election on April 2…

Get to know 31 candidates running 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 candidates running to serve you.

Considering all four contests on the ballot, every Naperville voter who resides in School District 203 has 26 choices. Every Naperville voter in School District 204 has 25 choices.

Who’s running?

Be sure to stay tuned to several upcoming forums featuring the mayoral and city council candidates running to serve 4-year terms on the 9-member Naperville City Council.

Municipal Candidates (Above)

City Council candidates for Naperville Mayor are Rocky Caylor (back left) and Steve Chirico (back center). Eleven candidates hope to fill one of four four-year seats for Naperville City Council. Pictured with the mayoral candidates are Paul Hinterlong, Barbara O’Meara, Patrick Kelly, Patty GustinTheresa SullivanBradford MillerWhitney Robbins  Michele Clemen and Bruce Hanson. Candidates Joe McElroy and Nancy Turner are not pictured.

District 203 School Board candidates participated in a forum hosted by Naperville League of Women Voters and District 203 Home & School Board on February 12 at NNHS. The Q&A featuring all six candidates that was distributed during the forum will be posted at www.vote411.org on March 1, 2019.

Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation hosted its forum for candidates running for District 203 School Board the night after the first forum. Click here to watch it.

School Board Candidates in District 203 (Above)

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

School Board Candidates in District 204

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.

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 his 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, friends and neighbors; 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

This campaign season of “Meet and Greet” events hosted by candidates and their committees began Jan. 7.  This page is the second listing featuring “Meet and Greet” events. It’s linked here to the original page that displays the public events since the campaign launched into full swing in January 2019. This page, however, will delete fundaising events after they occur to keep the listing focused on upcoming events only.

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.”

—Posted with updates Feb. 18, 2019 / 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 may 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

Lots to Meet & Greet this week!

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

This listing, now whittled down to meet & greets remaining, is in order of the public event.

Click here for schedule of Candidate Forums hosted by various local organizations. 

Wednesday! 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! Meet & Greet Mayor/City Council 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.

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. 

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

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

Bruce Hanson Campaign Pizza Party

26th Annual West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Parade / Meet & Greet Candidates who Put on the O’Green!

Come to downtown Naperville in support of community spirit with an eye on the campaign at the 2019 West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade! March with your chosen candidate. Or look for your candidate having fun and frolicking with the luck of the Irish while carrying signs of the times!

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.)
  • COST: Suggested individual contribution – $25 Advance / $50 At Door
  • RSVP at electgustin2019@gmail.

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.

Any misspelled words and info that is not correct are not intended. We appreciate that the candidates and their handlers value this page for promoting their events because they want to get to know their constituents. Thanks for reading.