PEORIA — At-large city councilman Gary Sandberg filed petitions today to run for the first district council seat. He turned in his petitions at 4:59 p.m., just seconds before the deadline.
That means there will be three candidates vying for the first district seat being vacated by incumbent Clyde Gulley: Denise Moore, Randall Emert, and Sandberg. Sandberg recently moved from his home on Bigelow in the second district to an upstairs apartment on Adams Street in the first district.
If Sandberg loses the first district election, he will remain an at-large councilman. There is no requirement that he give up his at-large seat in order to run for a district seat. If he wins the election in April, then he will have to vacate his at-large seat, and the council will vote on a replacement to finish out the final two years of his at-large term.
UPDATE: According to WEEK-TV, here is the complete slate for the Peoria City Council races:
- 1st District — Denise Moore, Randall Emert, Gary Sandberg
- 2nd District — Chuck Grayeb, Barbara Van Auken (incumbent)
- 3rd District — Chad Grimm, Tim Riggenbach (incumbent)
- 4th District — John Kunski, Jim Montelongo
- 5th District — Dan Adler, Casey Johnson, Patti Smith, Dan Irving (incumbent)
As mentioned previously, incumbent Clyde Gulley is not running for reelection, but he is running for Township Supervisor against incumbent Joe Whalen. And fourth district councilman Bill Spears is also not running for reelection.