Four Galva School Board seats will be on ballot in April 2019 consolidated election

Mike Landis, Editor

Galva Community Unit School District 224 will have four school board seats to be filled at the April 2, 2019 consolidated election.

The four seats are from the Congressional District (Galva Township) and are currently held by Laura Heinrich, Jeff Hawes, Mike Clucas and John VanDeVelde.

Candidates who are elected will fill four-year terms expiring in April 2023. Candidates for the office of school board can begin to circulate nominating petitions for signatures beginning Sept. 18. The period for filing nominating papers runs from Dec. 10-17, 2018.

Board member legal qualifications — as of the date of the election:

n A U.S. Citizen.

n A resident of Illinois, the School District, and the appropriate Congressional District, for at least one year preceding election.

n At least 18 years of age.

n A registered voter.

Changes in the state election laws have moved the responsibility of school board elections from the local board secretary. Those duties will now be handled by the county clerk’s office.

Candidates for school board will not be filing any paperwork at the local district, said Doug O’Riley, superintendent, for Galva School District. The county clerk may have petition forms available or blank petitions may be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website, Candidates may also want to consult the “2019 Candidate’s Guide,” which can be downloaded from school district website, the State Board of Elections website, or contact the county clerk’s office.

Supt. O’Riley also suggested that candidates and voters can get information about the district from its website, and learn about being a school board member from the Illinois Association of School Boards at: elections.

Petitions should be filed with the Henry County Clerk’s Office at 307 W. Center St., Cambridge. The filing hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the clerk’s office at (309) 937-3492 or visit online at www.