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Election filings begin in Waukegan, North Chicago

Wayne Motley

Wayne Motley

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Updated: January 19, 2013 2:08AM

The first filing period for the April 9, 2013 consolidated election is underway, with Democratic candidates in Waukegan and North Chicago submitting nominating petitions to their respective city clerk offices Monday.

Filing runs through 5 p.m., next Monday, for the Feb. 26 primary election.

In Waukegan, veteran City Clerk Wayne Motley had accepted petitions from nine hopefuls by late morning, with the majority coming from people who want his job.

Filing for clerk were Germain Castellanos, a former candidate for the Lake County Board; Thomas Koncan, 2nd Ward alderman; Elroy Reed, publisher of The People’s Voice; Janet Kilkelly, Waukegan Park Board commissioner; and Artis Yancey, current Lake County coroner and former Waukegan police chief.

Motley, who has served as city clerk for the past 12 years, filed for mayor. So did state Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, and 1st Ward Ald. Sam Cunningham.

Incumbent City Treasurer John Schwab filed for re-election. Motley said he expects a petition for treasurer from announced candidate Bob Taylor who ran as a Republican in 2003 for the 8th Ward aldermanic seat.

Incumbent Waukegan Mayor Robert Sabonjian is expected to file as an independent during the second filing period Dec. 17-24, for independents, new political parties and nonpartisan offices.

Motley said challengers have a week to contest candidate petitions. Because all Monday filers in Waukegan were waiting when his office opened, he will call them back in to pull numbers from a hat to determine placement on the ballot.

In North Chicago, City Clerk Lori Collins reported the following filers for mayor: Incumbent Leon Rockingham, 4th Ward Ald. Bobby Allen and Anthony Coleman, an activist in the city’s school district and a local real estate broker.

City Council seats in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th wards are also up for election. Filers include 1st Ward incumbent Ernest Fisher; Carl Evans, Caroline Harrington and Lorraine Thurmond in the 3rd Ward; and 5th Ward incumbent Torrance Abrams.

Other expected contenders for mayor include 3rd Ward Ald. Valerie DeVost and 7th Ward Ald. Charles January who, if they do challenge Rockingham, will not be able to run for re-election to the seats they now hold.

“We don’t know what they’re (candidates) running for until they actually file,” Collins said. “What they say may be totally different that what they do.”

DeVost, who is supporting Evans, said on Monday that she does plan to file.

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