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Candidates interested, but will April voters be? : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Candidates interested, but will April voters be?

The calendar here says Aug. 7, but, as we reported over the last few weeks, the candidates are already lining up to run for Oswego Village President next April.

Last week, we reported that two current village board members, Tony Giles and Gail Johnson are both planning to run for the village's top job next spring. Meanwhile, two-term incumbent Village President Brian LeClercq announced today he will not be a candidate for a third term.

The one-week period for candidates to file petitions to run for village president or for other local offices next spring is not until December. Historically candidates for local office have waited to announce their intentions until after the November state and federal elections. We take Giles' and Johnson's early announcements as an early indication of a very active local election season next spring. We look forward to seeing who else decides to jump into the various local races between now and the December filing period. Will there be additional candidates for village president? There will be several seats up for election on the Oswego School District Board, the Montgomery and Oswego village boards, Oswegoland Park District Board and others.

In the past, the local elections have generated a lot of passion, but, sadly, only among a very small portion of the electorate. Voter turnout was just 16 percent in 2011 and an even more dismal 11 percent in 2013.

Perhaps these early candidacy announcements will serve as a small first step towards rousing a few more voters out the door and to the polls next spring.

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