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City Council ballot order is now set for 2021 Consolidated Election


Four hopefuls running for City Council were present today when City Manager Doug Krieger and City Clerk Pam Gallahue made the ballot order official for all 11 candidates.

Update, March 7, 2021 / For the 2021 Consolidated Election, all candidates’ Q&As now are posted on PN’s 2021 Election Guide.  Opportunities to learn more about all the candidates via meet and greet “live” events as well as virtual forums are featured at Get-to-know-candidates-running-in-2021-consolidated-election-to-serve-naperville.

Update, Feb. 6, 2021 / City Council Q&As are posted on PN’s 2021 Election Guide. Candidate Questionnaires have been sent to hopefuls for the Consolidated Election races. We appreciate that candidates have replied. Any candidate that for some reason did not receive the Candidate Questionnaire may contact us to participate. The deadline to return Candidate Questionnaires is Feb. 20. PN’s aim is to have the Election Guide complete by March 1, 2021. Stay tuned. Thanks.

Original Post, Dec. 1, 2020 / A few minutes after noon, Tues., Dec. 1, a drawing for City Council candidate ballot placement was conducted just outside the Naperville Municipal Center near Jaycees Park, accessible from Webster Street. The outdoor site was selected since the Municipal Center is closed to the public until Jan. 4, 2021. (Update: The Municipal Center is now closed to the public until Feb. 1, 2021.)

Four candidates joined City Manager Doug Krieger, City Clerk Pam Gallahue and a handful of city staff members and local residents to see who would be first and last on the list, known to be choice positions.

City Manager Doug Krieger, assisted by City Clerk Pam Gallahue, explained how the lottery would work to designate the first six candidates’ names on the ballot and the last two, with three names in the middle.

By the filing deadline on Nov. 26, 2020, eleven residents had filed to run for one of the four four-year seats in the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election. Naperville City Council is comprised of nine members, including the mayor. All nine members’ votes are weighted equally. The next mayoral election is in 2023.

In order of filing, City Council candidates were John Krummen, Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, Ian Holzhauer, Vasavi Chakka, Paul Leong, James Haselhorst, Allison Longenbaugh, Vincent Ory, Lucy Chang Evans, Mark Urda and Benny White.

The No. 6 ball was first to be pulled from the hopper, designating Paul Leong will appear first on the ballot.

Shortly after the drawing, Pam Gallahue, PhD, Director, City Clerk’s Office, emailed the results, “The lottery for ballot placement order was just held. Here are the results:

1.            Paul Leong

2.            John J Krummen

3.            Vasavi Chakka

4.            Jim Haselhorst**

5.            Ian Holzhauer**

6.            Jennifer Bruzan Taylor**

7.            Allison Longenbaugh

8.            Vincent Ory

9.            Lucy Chang Evans

10.          Mark Urda**

11.          Benny White

Congratulations to all.”

**Four City Council Candidates attended the lottery.

Editor’s Note / Official Candidate Websites (not social media sites) will be linked to this website upon request. Candidates are appreciated for throwing hats into the ring to serve. Enjoy the run. Last updated, Dec. 4, 2020; Jan. 12, 2021.

Update, Jan. 12, 2021 / Featuring City Council candidates, the Positively Naperville 2021 Election Guide is now linked to this website. Other candidates running in the Consolidated Election will be featured in February.

First all six candidates who arrived with petition packets by 8AM Nov. 16 were drawn for a place on the April 6, 2021, ballot.

Why a lottery?

The state of Illinois requires the local election authority to conduct a lottery within nine days after the last day of the petition filing period. The lottery is open to the public and candidates are not required to attend. The City will follow all COVID-19 mitigations and will hold the event outside to better allow for social distancing. Attendees are asked to wear a mask, wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before attending and maintain six feet between themselves and others. 

According to City Clerk Pam Gallahue, the names of all six candidates who were waiting in line at or before 8AM Nov. 16 were placed into a lottery to determine who will appear first on the ballot. Paul Leong was first.

The names of the two candidates who submitted petitions between 4 and 5PM Monday, Nov. 23, will be entered into a separate lottery to determine who will appear last on the ballot.

City Manager Doug Krieger explained the order of three candidates who filed after 8AM Nov. 16 and before 4PM Nov. 26.

Three candidates who filed at other times after 8AM Nov. 16 and before 4PM Nov. 26 will be listed in between the other eight candidates in the order they turned in petition packets.

PN editors are hopeful Naperville City Council candidates will take a break from publicly campaigning during the holiday season. 

2021 Consolidated Election is more than for City Council

Note, however, that candidates for Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners as well as candidates for local school boards in District 203 and District 204 will be filing petitions from Dec. 14 through Dec. 21. This website will publish that info when available.

What’s more, Township caucuses throughout Illinois are meeting today, Tues., Dec. 1, 2020, to put their ballots in order. Naperville is served by six townships, including DuPage, Lisle, Milton, Naperville, Wheatland and Winfield.

Unlike City Council, Park Board and School Boards that run as nonpartisans, townships have Democratic and Republican Caucus’ that will determine who will appear on the April ballot for each respective party. Seven candidates will then be chosen by the electorate on April 6, 2021. Every township office is up for election: Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, and the top four Trustees. Last month, Naperville Township Assessor Warren Dixon announced he is not running for re-election.


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