More than 400 school board candidates file for April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election Candidate filing for the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election opened Monday, with 424 candidates filing for 122 contests throughout suburban Cook County.
The candidate filing period lasts through Monday, December 17, 2018.
School board candidates filed with the Cook County Clerk’s office at one of four locations – either at the Clerk’s downtown Chicago office or Elections Operations Center in Cicero, or at filing centers in Orland Park and Prospect Heights. From December 11-14, and Monday the 17th, candidate paperwork can only be filed at the Clerk’s office downtown or the Cicero Elections Operations Center. Historically, most candidates, as they are running for suburban school district seats, file at the suburban locations.
“It is very exciting to see so many people actively participating in the democratic process in their local communities,” Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough said.
After spending time witnessing the process at the Cicero Elections Operations Center, Clerk Yarbrough further explained that “one of my top priorities is to help make becoming a candidate easier to understand and more accessible for anyone interested in running, so this was a true treat for me.”
The most popular site for candidates to submit their paperwork was Orland Park, where 188 candidates filed, followed by Prospect Heights (98), the Clerk’s downtown office (81) and Cicero (57). A list of candidates who filed paperwork with the Clerk’s office can be found at cookcountyclerk.com/elections/CandidateFiling.
All candidates who were in line by 8 a.m. on December 10 had their papers stamped with that time. If more than one candidate seeking the same office filed at 8 a.m., a lottery will be conducted to determine whose name will appear first on the ballot. Candidates for the same office who file between 4 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 17, the last day of filing, will also be included in a ballot lottery for the last spot on the ballot. Anyone who filed between 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 10 and 3:59 p.m. on Dec. 17 will be on the ballot in the order they turned in their nomination paperwork.
In 2016, the Clerk’s office implemented its online Run For Office Starter Kit in 2016, so that prospective candidates could familiarize themselves with the process of filing and to generate the needed paperwork. This has proven to be a popular tool especially for first-time candidates. Information about how to file to be a school board candidate can be found at cookcountyclerk.com/RFO.
Candidates for other local jurisdictions, such as municipalities and municipal park and library boards, file with the district in which they are seeking election.
The Cook County Officers’ Electoral Board, which is chaired by the Clerk’s designee and includes representatives from the State’s Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk, oversees objections to school board candidates, in addition to hearing objections to library, police, fire and sanitary district candidacies. Municipal electoral boards hear objections to candidates for suburban municipal offices.