Hopefuls seek seats for Aurora 2nd, 3rd Wards
By Stephanie Lulay ANd Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org November 23, 2012 2:28PM
Updated: December 26, 2012 6:32AM
AURORA — The first candidate has stepped forward for the new 3rd Ward opening on the Aurora City Council.
Chad Feldotto, who works as a park planner in the Oswegoland Park District, has filed for the seat which represents Aurora’s near southeast side.
Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, who won election to the Illinois House on Nov. 6, resigned from her 3rd Ward post Tuesday night, so filing did not begin until Wednesday for the 3rd Ward race. To be on the ballot, any 3rd Ward contender will have to scramble to collect signatures on election petitions, as filing closes on Monday. Anyone who does not meet the filing deadline, however, could run as a right-in candidate.
In the 2nd Ward, incumbent Juany Garza has filed for re-election. Irlanda Gardiakos, owner of Lawrence Management, a property management company, also filed for the 2nd Ward post.
Candidates who turned in petitions on the first day of filing included Mayor Tom Weisner, the only contender so far for the mayor’s position; incumbent Alderman at-large Bob O’Connor; and current 4th Ward Alderman Rick Lawrence, who filed in the alderman at-large race.
Six candidates filed at the opening for the 4th Ward post, and five filed for the 9th Ward. Incumbent Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns is the only candidate to file in the 7th Ward, and Aurora attorney Judd Lofchie is the only candidate in the 10th Ward.
A few candidates have filed election petitions for the Village Board races in North Aurora.
Incumbent trustees Chris Faber and Mark Gaffino, incumbent Village President Dale Berman and incumbent Village Clerk Lori Murray all have filed, as has Allen Cavender for a trustee spot.
The village president, village clerk and three village trustee spots are up for election.
The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Monday.