With several local electoral races currently kicking into high gear, now is the time to get familiar with the candidates seeking your vote on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. And the local community will have a few chances to do just that.
First up is the Kaneland School Board’s Candidate Forum, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 19, at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. As you might already know, the seven-member Kaneland School Board has four open positions this spring. The Candidate Forum event will feature an introduction of the candidates, as well as their respective statements. Those who attend the event will have an opportunity to submit questions to a moderator. The forum is open to all community members.
Next up is Sugar Grove’s Meet the Candidates night, which will take place Thursday, March 12, in the meeting room of the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
This is our second year co-presenting Sugar Grove Meet the Candidates. Our first go-around was in spring 2013, and we had such a great time helping introduce the community to candidates for Sugar Grove village president, Village Board, Park District, Community House, Public Library and Fire Department; Sugar Grove Township; Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees; and Kaneland School Board; that we couldn’t resist another opportunity to work with Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-presenters of the event. And while this will be our second Meet the Candidates event, it will be the chamber’s 22nd.
Those seeking office as a village of Sugar Grove trustee, a board member of the Sugar Grove Public Library, a board member of the Kaneland School Board, a trustee of the Sugar Grove Fire District, a commissioner of the Sugar Grove Park District, and a trustee on the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees, will all be invited to attend the Sugar Grove Meet the Candidates event, and will have a chance to introduce themselves to members of the public in attendance.
Admission to Sugar Grove Meet the Candidates is free. Community members will have an opportunity after the event to meet and speak with candidates. Candidates will be allowed to display and distribute political materials.
This event is being held prior to early voting so that everyone will have an opportunity to hear from candidates before casting a ballot. Early voting will take place from March 23 through April 5.
For more information on the Meet the Candidates event, contact Shari Baum at (630) 466-7895.
We’ll see you at the Kaneland Candidate Forum on Feb. 19, and Sugar Grove Meet the Candidates on March 12.