Stacey Pfingsten officially declares for 2nd Ward Alderman as residents begin to ask questions about election rules and dates


Stacey Pfingsten (l) in a conversation after Fioretti's announcement

After 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti's Saturday announcement to run for Chicago Mayor, his aide Stacey Pfingsten made her announcement to run for the 2nd Ward slot on Monday, Sept. 15. That takes the count of contenders to six, so far. 


Alyx Pattison (c) talks with Ed Tamminga, WPC, and Kapra Fleming, Pulaski Park Neighborhood Assn.

The others include Bita Buenrostro, Brian Hopkins, Steve Niketopoulos, Alyx Pattison, Stacey Pfingsten and Cornell Wilson. The first date for submitting candidate papers is Nov. 17 and the last day is Nov. 24. 

What are the rules of the road and other dates for upcoming aldermanic races?

NOTE TO VOTERS: Voters signing a petition must be registered at the address signed next to their name on the petition.

Do NOT sign more than one petition per office.That is true for aldermanic and city wide offices such as mayor. In each case, signatures must be by people living in the district of the race indicated on the petition. (See map below or on this link.) The map shown below and on this link is with the NEW Ward boundaries. The furthest west boundary is Oakley Blvd., east boundary is the Lake, north is Wrightwood and south is Huron.


Steve Niketopoulos chairs a Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Assn. meeting

While aldermanic candidates are required to have 473 signatures, they generally work to obtain more than three times that many to be sure there are enough signatures to be on the ballot. 

The final list of qualified candidates for the 4-year term is certified to be on the ballot by the Board of Election Commissioners on Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014. It is also the last day for candidates to withdraw from the ballot. 

To win the aldermanic seat in a ward, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast for the office on Feb. 24, 2015. That person is then declared "elected." In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes in the ward, a supplementary election is held on Apr. 7, 2015, when only the names of the candidates receiving the highest and second highest number of votes in the February election appear on the ballot.

Local community organizations are in the process of booking candidates for presenting at their upcoming meetings. The Wicker Park Committee gives residents the first opportunity to meet and listen to the 2nd Ward candidates on Wed., Oct. 1 in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen Ave., at 7 p.m. 

East Village Association (EVA), Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association (UVNA) and Chicago Grand Neighborhood Association (CGNA) are planning a joint forum closer to the Feb. 24, 2015, election, though there will be candidates at various meetings. 

"Candidates make statements at community meetings and answer questions about issues that I don't always think about. That is great because, I feel that I make better voting decisions," said one registered voter.  











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