School board candidates can take out petitions

Nominating petitions for next April’s school board election in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 are now available.

Forms may be picked up at the board secretary’s office at 1500 McDaniel Ave. during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The circulation period for nominating petitions begins on September 21st and ends December 20, 2010.

A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the office of the Pat Markham, School Board Secretary, between 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20.

Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which nominating papers are received in the board secretary’s office. If necessary, a lottery to determine ballot order for simultaneous filers will occur at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, in the office of the board secretary.

Three people will be elected to four-year terms on the seven-member board of education in the April 5 election.

To be eligible to serve, a school board candidate must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 for at least one year preceding the election.

Elections are non-partisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations in state law.

Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail, or by an agent. They consist of the following:

  • Nominating petitions signed by at least 50 voters residing within the district. Petitions must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively, and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator.
  • Statement of candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
  • A receipt from the Cook County Clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests as noted above.
  • A loyalty oath, which is optional. A candidate may choose to file it or not.

Please call or email Pat Markham with questions at [email protected] or 847 859-8067.

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