This week is the time for some candidates to file petitions for positions on boards including libraries, park districts, and schools.
"Established party members wishing to run as a party-affiliated individual would have to file this month. But most of the boards within their own rules and by-laws or within statutes are required to be independent by nature so that would preclude them from filing this month."
- John Acardo, DeKalb County Clerk
Acardo says, historically, there has been no need for a primary in some counties:
"For the most part, all of our local units run as independents and not as a partisan affiliation, which means that there would be no primary for DeKalb County. That's not to say someone might not file as a partisan, in which case, that filing period is, in fact, this month. Someone might think there might be an advantage to running as a Republican or a Democrat. Someone might also want to just be affiliated with one party or another and that's why they're running on that platform." -John Acardo
In order to get on the April ballot, independent and new political party candidates have until next month to file.
November 19-26, 2012
Filing period for candidates seeking nomination at the Consolidated Primary Election, February 26, 2013.
December 17-24, 2012
Filing period for candidates seeking election at the Consolidated Election, April 9, 2013.