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Local Government

County ballots take shape for April election

Two residents of unincorporated Kane County near Elburn are vying to be Blackberry Township’s next supervisor.

Independent candidate Frederick Dornback will face Republican Dennis Ryan in the April 9 consolidated election.

The Blackberry Township Republican precinct committeemen nominated Ryan for township supervisor Dec. 21 after Mike Anderson, who was nominated during the Blackberry Township Republican caucus Dec. 4, declined to run.

The position is held by David Richmond, who has said he is not seeking re-election because he wants to spend more time with his family.

The supervisor race will be the only contested race for Blackberry Township, because only the incumbents submitted election papers by Wednesday’s deadline. They are Assessor Uwe Rotter, Clerk Lisa Hodge, Road Commissioner Rodney Feece and Trustees James Feece, James Michels, Tim Norris and Harley Veldhuizen.

For St. Charles Township, only Assessor Colleen Lang will face a challenger, Gary Fritz.

With the exception of Trustee Jerry Swanson, every incumbent will seek re-election. They are Supervisor John Arthur Anderson, clerk Jack Brainard, Highway Commissioner Ron Johnson and Trustees Terry Cross, Paul Lencioni and Todd Wallace. Newcomer Mary Lynn Swanson – no relation to Jerry Swanson – also is running for trustee.

The race for St. Charles Public Library Board is also uncontested. Incumbents Karen DeVault and Victoria Haines are seeking re-election.

Five people are seeking a spot on the St. Charles Park District Board. They are Brian Charles, Vanessa Bell-LaSota and incumbents Jean Cabel, Karrsten Goettel and Bob Carne. Four will be elected.

Meanwhile, the city of St. Charles received simultaneous filings for three offices, prompting it to conduct a lottery Thursday to determine the order candidates would appear on the ballot.

The order is Jotham Stein, John Rabchuk, Ray Rogina and Jake Wyatt for mayor; Arthur Lemke and Cliff Carrignan for the 2nd Ward; and Maureen Lewis and Kimberly Malay for the 5th Ward.

Thursday is the last day for filing objections.

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