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Election

Civic Betterment Party seeks candidates for Glen Ellyn offices

In advance of its Dec. 1 town meeting, the Civic Betterment Party of Glen Ellyn is looking for potential candidates to run for village and library board seats in April 2019.
In advance of its Dec. 1 town meeting, the Civic Betterment Party of Glen Ellyn is looking for potential candidates to run for village and library board seats in April 2019.

GLEN ELLYN – In advance of its Dec. 1 town meeting, the Civic Betterment Party of Glen Ellyn is looking for potential candidates to run for village and library board seats in April 2019.

The nonpartisan Civic Betterment Party was first organized in 1931. The party's nominating committee will interview candidates and then present its slate at the town meeting, where residents will vote by secret written ballot.

"We hope to have our slate done by early November so that we can get publicity out regarding the town meeting and the candidates," party President Erik Ford said. "Candidates would need to apply by sometime in mid-October."

The terms of Glen Ellyn Village Board trustees John Kenwood, Pete Ladesic and Mark Senak are up in April 2019. Four seats also will be open on the Glen Ellyn Public Library Board of Trustees.

"Our objective is to keep party politics and money out of village government," Ford said. "It allows them to run without having to organize a campaign, raise money and end up being beholden to any party or parties that helped finance their campaign."

Historically, Civic Betterment Party candidates do not seek a second term.

"We don't encourage or discourage people running for re-election," Ford said. "There's no benefit to being an incumbent, other than whatever name recognition you might have or obviously your record. An incumbent is going to go through the same process as anybody else."

Those who want to apply can download applications from the party's website, civicbetterment.com. The town meeting, which is normally held at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, will be at the First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn at 424 Forest Ave. – next to the Civic Center – because of the renovation work going on at the center.

Candidates will speak at the town meeting. The winning candidates will then run in the April 2, 2019, consolidated general election. Ideally, at least two candidates will run for each open seat, Ford said.

"That's always our objective," he said.

Ford said he knows there continues to be misconceptions in the community about the purpose of the Civic Betterment Party.

"Our biggest obstacle is the perception in the community that we're somehow some kind of a mysterious steering committee when our entire goal is just simply to provide a means for people to serve the community as easy as possible," he said. "A lot of people don't like to get involved in politics because they see all the negatives, and we try to take the negatives out of it so that it is easier to run and be a candidate."

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