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Stephanie Kifowit to resign from Aurora city council

Stephanie Kifowit celebrates her electivictory over Republican PFee for state representative 84th district O'Malleys Bar   Grill AurorIL Tuesday

Stephanie Kifowit celebrates her election victory over Republican Pat Fee for state representative of the 84th district at O'Malleys Bar & Grill in Aurora, IL on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media

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Aurora election filing begins Monday

Filing of election petitions for the 2013 mayoral and aldermanic election begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Aurora Election Commission, 323 W. Galena Blvd.

The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Nov. 26. The Election Commission will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Seats up for election include mayor, one alderman at-large seat, and aldermanic seats in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th wards.

The total number of petition signatures a candidate needs to submit is based on a percentage of the total number of votes cast citywide in the most recent consolidated election, or cast in a particular ward in the most recent consolidated election.

For information, contact the Aurora Election Commission at 630-897-4030.

The primary election is Feb. 26.

Updated: December 19, 2012 1:27PM

AURORA — Alderman Stephanie Kifowit’s 3rd Ward successor will be chosen by 3rd Ward voters, rather than the mayor.

Kifowit, the Democratic victor in this month’s balloting in the new 84th Illinois House District, said Friday she plans to submit a written resignation from her 3rd Ward City Council seat to Mayor Tom Weisner before Tuesday. The resignation will be effective immediately after Tuesday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, she said.

“I think it’s important for the residents of the 3rd Ward to choose my successor — and that’s why I’m resigning now to allow them to do that,” Kifowit said.

Aurora Election Commission Director Linda Fechner said Kifowit has until the last day in December to resign and prompt an election. If Kifowit resigns after that day, it will be up to Mayor Tom Weisner to appoint someone to the 3rd Ward seat, she said.
Although state code dictates that an election must occur when there is at least 30 months left in a vacated term, it says that for municipal seats, an election must occur when there is at least 28 months left in a term.

Kifowit was re-elected to her third, four-year term as alderman in April 2011.

The resignation must be given in written form.

Fechner said she has received a lot of calls from possible candidates interested in taking over Kifowit’s seat, inquiring if she plans to resign.

“People have called expressing that they want to have a choice in who they want to have as aldermen,” Fechner said Friday. “I direct them to City Hall.”

Kifowit’s expected resignation on Tuesday does mean that candidates will have scramble, Fechner said. The candidate filing period for municipal office begins Monday and ends Nov. 26.

For information about the election petition signatures candidates need to run for 3rd Ward alderman, contact the Aurora Election Commission at 630-897-4030.

If candidates do not file by the close of the filing period, 3rd Ward hopefuls will run as write-in candidates.

Kifowit said she plans to dedicate the upcoming weeks to preparing for her new job as a freshman state representative. The next state legislative session starts Jan. 6, but Kifowit will attend freshman representative orientation the week after Thanksgiving.

She said she will also spend the next few weeks reading the state’s budget before being sworn in “so we can hit the ground running.”

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