* Except for voters in Aurora. See this story for a primer on the Aurora Election Commission April 7 ballot.
The April 7, 2015, consolidated election is one of those “close to home” ballots that’s really where the rubber meets the road in terms of local representation and local-government impact on your day-to-day life.
School boards, library boards, park boards, community college boards, city and village boards — these are the elected bodies that make decisions that affect many of our most vital services and the majority of our property tax bills.
The folks who make those decisions are quite often your neighbors — people you might run into at the bank or the basketball game or the band concert — elected office-holders you’re far more likely to talk to than your representatives in Springfield or Washington, D.C.
Paradoxically, the elections that affect us most don’t garner our participation or attention. Voter turnout in elections that feature local contests is typically much lower than in elections that involve high-profile national or state races.
With more than a month left to go prior to the election, now is a good time to get familiar with whose names are on the ballot as well as the contests in which we’ll be expected to make a decision. In addition to local media, two digital resources that can be of great help for Kane County residents are the Kane County Clerk’s Office webpages at www.kanecountyelections.org and the Aurora Election Commission pages at www.auroravotes.org.
Reprinted here are the candidates listed on the Kane County Clerk’s Office website. We’ll add another article later that lists candidates on the Aurora Election Commission site.
Early voting takes place from Monday, March 23, through Friday, April 4. Click here for a PDF that shows early-voting sites and times.