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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
Unless additional people file, the contest for mayor of Rantoul in April will be a two-way race.
Incumbent Neal Williams and former village board member Chuck Smith filed nominating petitions to have their names placed on the ballot for the April 9 election.
Village Clerk Mike Graham said the two candidates waived taking part in a lottery to determine whose name would appear first and agreed to a simple coin flip Monday morning. Graham said Smith won the flip, and his name will appear first.
Four persons have filed for four-year terms on the village board. They include incumbents Roger Jones and Tony Brown and newcomers Sam Hall and Jeremy Reale.
Incumbent Margurette Carter had not filed for re-election.
Hall, Jones and Brown were also present to file at 8 a.m. A lottery will be conducted at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in Room 218 of the Rantoul Municipal Building to determine whose name will appear first on the ballot.
Reale filed his petition at 8:22 a.m. and will not be part of the lottery.
Newcomer Chad Smith was the lone candidate to file for the two-year unexpired term of Jim Stubblefield. Herm Fogal was appointed to that position but has not filed for the post. The position came open after Mr. Stubblefield’s death.
Graham also filed his petition for re-election.
Petitions may still be picked up and filed through the filing deadline during normal business hours. They may be filed through Dec. 20 with Janet Gray, executive assistant, at the Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St. On Dec. 21, 24 and 26 they may be filed with Graham at 216 E. Sangamon Ave.
Filings for local school and area village elections will be highlighted in the Dec. 26 edition of the Press.