Candidates have filed to run for several school board and municipal offices.
Spots on the four county school boards, as well as municipal and township offices will be up for grabs in the April 9 consolidated election. Candidates who want to be on the ballot have until 5 p.m. Dec. 26 to file.
In Hutsonville Unit 1, the three incumbents whose terms are ending - Tina Callaway, Mike Knecht and Chad Guyer - have filed for re-election. John P. Cody has also filed.
For the Robinson Unit 2 board, incumbent Dennis Inboden and two newcomers, Stacey Shew and Nancy Berty, have filed to run. The terms of two incumbents Debbi Lowrance and Leslie Swaner will end in 2013 but they have yet to file.
Incumbents Susan Hawkins and James Bush will run again for the Palestine Unit 3 board. Tara Vennard has also filed. Sherry Eckert is the third incumbent whose term expires next year.
Chad Pussey and Todd Musgrave, both incumbents, are the only candidates to file so far for the Oblong Unit 4 board. Also up for re-election this time is Mike Higgins.
In the City of Robinson, incumbent mayor Roger Pethtel will vie against Lon Smith for a second term. Incumbent Sandrea Anderson is the only person to file to run for clerk.
Incumbents have also filed for new four-year terms in wards 1, 2 and 4. They are: Barbara Alexander, Ward 1; Karen Bowman, Ward 2; and John Birkofer, Ward 4. In Ward 3, where Bob Sornberger's term is ending, Gene Sinclair is the only candidate to file so far.
In Hutsonville, Tina Callaway, the incumbent village clerk, is running for village board president. Her father, Bernie Gray, has held the position, more commonly referred to as mayor, for more than 39 years but is not seeking another term.
Three trustee seats are also up for re-election. Monte Newlin, Les Leighty and Jason Chipman are all running for another four years on the board. They and Callaway are all running as part of the Progressive Party.
In Palestine, the People's Party candidates are incumbent mayor Pat Schofield, incumbent village board trustees Gene Purcell and J.R. Dunlap and trustee candidate Rick Stork.
Independent candidates are Candy Carter for mayor and George Harrison for trustee. Incumbent trustee Larry Miller is not seeking another term.
No one has filed to run in Oblong yet. Mayor Randy Rich and village board trustees Rick Catt, Rick Houdasheldt and Ken Russell are up for re-election.