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23 file for Elgin council; 2-year seat primary set

Updated: December 28, 2012 6:17AM

ELGIN — Daniel Schultz noted he probably was “the last person doing this” when he turned in his petition to run for a seat on the Elgin City Council to the city clerk at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Schultz, 21, lives on the west side of the city near the Fox River, and he decided to run for the two-year seat on the council when his friend Cody Holt, 20, filed a petition for one of four four-year seats.

He’s young, he admitted. His mom even accompanied him to turn in his petition. But, he said, “It’s the first time she agreed with me on something.”

Jokes aside, the candidate said he has serious issues with the council raising taxes when it appears to have unallocated funds in its budget. And, he said, everybody who signed his petition told him, “We need younger ages on the council.”

Those signatures make Schultz one of 10 Elgin residents running for the two-year seat. Another 15 filed petitions for the four four-year spots.

That brings to 23 the number of candidates who had filed petitions with the clerk by 5 p.m. Monday , including two candidates who filed for both the two- and four-year seats.

And that interest in the two-year term will trigger a primary election for the seat on Feb. 26, according to the clerk’s office. The general election will be April 9.

Those candidates for four-year seats include incumbents Richard Dunne, Robert Gilliam and John Prigge.

They also include bicycle advocate and former city employee Tom Armstrong; former city council member Terry Gavin; Anthony Nance, who lost a 2006 discrimination suit against the city after it stripped his downtown bar of a liquor license; and Carol Rauschenberger, who recently proposed a for-profit cooperative food store in the city. Other candidates are Holt, Andrew R. Cuming, Mitch Esterino, Rosemarie Kahn, Jerri McCue and Grace Richard.

Dunne, Esterino, Gavin and Kahn all had filed their petitions by 8 a.m. Nov. 19, when the city clerk first could accept them.

That means the clerk’s office will hold a lottery at 10 a.m. Wednesday to determine which of those four will appear first on the ballot, it said. Research has shown candidates at the top of the ballot tend to earn a bigger portion of votes than they would in any other position and have a better chance of winning.

Only “Driver” Tom McCarthy, a limousine driver from the Cook County part of Elgin who unsuccessfully ran for a council seat in 2011, had filed his petition Nov. 19 for the two-year seat. That means he’ll appear first on the ballot for that position.

Other candidates for the two-year post include Schultz, Craig Dresang, Jason Dusenberry, Michael K. DeBrocke, Roy W. Chapman III, Chindavanh Keomuongchanh and Larry Wegman.

Toby Shaw was one of four candidates to beat Schultz to the dubious honor of being the last to turn in his petition, filing a second petition to run for both the two- and four-year seats as the clerk’s office locked its door at 5 p.m.

He tied with Wegman and Laurel Bault, who turned in Rauschenberger’s petition while she said her friend was at an Elgin Township meeting. And 15 minutes before the deadline, Nance said he still was deciding between the two- and four-year seats.

Like Shaw, Stephen D. Knight also filed petitions for both seats. Knight, a board member at the Elgin Public Museum, said he is waiting to see “who all files and which gets the most quality people.”

The two have until the end of the day Monday, Dec. 3, to withdraw their names from one of the two ballots, or they will be removed from both, according to the clerk’s office.

Residents have from Tuesday until Monday to object to any of the petitions that have been filed.

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