Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The final forums for Village Trustee and Mayor of Park Forest were held on Sunday, March 17. Volunteers from the Park Forest Non-Partisan Committee organized the gathering which was sponsored by the five cooperatives of Park Forest.
A forum was also held for Library Trustee candidates. Linda E. Marron was the only candidate to show for that forum. She answered numerous questions very well.
We offer the forum videos below for those who were not able to attend and those who wish to watch the forums more closely.
The moderator for each forum was Judge Raymond Funderburk (Ret.), a long-time resident of Park Forest.
A breakdown and analysis of each forum will follow this week.
Village Trustee Forum
There are three candidates running for three open seats for Village Trustee: Tiffani Graham, Candyce Herron, and Joseph Woods.
The forum follows:
For the mayoral forum, write-in candidates Sean P. Hightower and Renee Hawthorne joined the three candidates who are on the ballot: Mae Brandon,
Ms. Hawthorne filed paperwork to be a write-in candidate for mayor of Park Forest with Cook County only. She did not file paperwork for
Here are the rules for write-in candidates, first from Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough:
Prospective write-in candidates in Illinois must file paperwork with the county clerk, or election authority, in each jurisdiction where their name will appear on the ballot.
In suburban Cook County, a write-in candidate must submit a Write-in Candidate Declaration of Intent form at the Cook County Clerk’s downtown Chicago office, 69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor.
The Clerk’s office will provide a list of eligible write-in candidates to each precinct on Election Day. This list enables election judges to determine which write-in candidates are running in their precinct. Only votes for eligible write-in candidates are counted.
Voters can vote for a write-in candidate on a paper ballot or a touch screen.
Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry says the following, “To be a valid Write-In candidate, you must complete a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate form no later than 61 days prior to an election.”
Why must candidates file to run as write-in candidates? The simple analysis goes something like this: With votes only counting for those who file, this ensures that “None of the Above” or “Mickey Mouse” would never get elected. Unless, of course, someone actually named “None of the Above” or “Mickey Mouse” actually filed to run as write-in candidates.
The last day to file to be a write-in candidate for April 2,
Video from the Mayoral Forum follows:
Photo Gallery from the Last Forums of 2019: Candidates and Citizens