Effingham Community School District will have three seats to fill in the April 4th 2017 Consolidated Election. School board members would serve a four-year-term ending in 2021 if elected.
Interested candidates can begin circulating nominating petitions beginning on September 20, 2016, with the filing period for nomination paperwork running from December 12th through December 19, 2016. To be eligible, candidate must a US citizen, at least 18-years-old, a registered voter, and a resident of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election. Elections are nonpartisan and candidates should be aware of conflict-of-interest limitations.
Candidates names will appear on the ballot in the order that nominating paperwork is filed with the County Clerk’s Office.
Due to the current make up of the board, two board seats can be filled from Douglas, Watson, and Summit Townships and three seats could be filled from any other townships.
According to a press release from Unit #40, nomination papers 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. 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 close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. 3.
- A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interest as noted above. 4.
- A loyalty oath, which is optional. A candidate may choose to file it or not.
Candidates can also check the “2017 Candidate’s Guide,” which can be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website, or available at the County Clerk’s Office. More information is available on the Unit #40’s website here!