Candidates for three open RVC seats must file by Dec. 22

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Petition materials for the April 7, 2015, election in Community College District No. 511 for Rock Valley College (RVC) may be filed starting at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15. A candidate’s petition must be filed at the RVC office of the Vice President of Administrative Services, at 3301 N. Mulford Road, Support Services Building.

Petitions are due no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the office of the Vice President of Administrative Services.

Three seats on the seven-member community college board will be filled at the April 7 election. Two seats will serve full six-year terms, while one seat will serve a two-year term.

To be eligible to serve, a candidate must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of the State of Illinois and the community college district for at least one year immediately preceding the election, and a registered voter.

Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates are not required to indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in the Community College Act and any other applicable statutes.

Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail or by an agent. They 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, and 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.

A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests, as noted above. The receipt does not need to accompany the nominating petitions when filed, but must be filed before 5 p.m., Dec. 22.

Further information about becoming a candidate in the April 7 board election may be obtained by contacting RVC at (815) 921-4441, or the Illinois State Board of elections at www.elections.il.gov.

Posted Dec. 12, 2014

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