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Election 2023

Central Illinoisans will head to the polls to decide on mayors, alderpersons, school boards, and other positions and topics on Tuesday, April 4. In-person early voting begins on February 23.

Champaign County

Mayor of Champaign

There are three candidates in the race for Champaign mayor. Eighty-nine thousand people, the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and other industries call Champaign home.

Don Gerard


School Board

Voters must fill four seats on the Champaign Unit 4 School Board this year. The candidates are listed below. Three seats held by Gianna Baker, Bruce Brown and Heather Vazquez are not up for reelection this year. In the Urbana School District 116, all of the Board subdistrict seats are up for election but all of the seats are uncontested, meaning there are no challengers to the current candidates.

  • Jamar Brown: served on the board 2011-2015. He is the facilities operations coordinator at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Amy Armstrong: current board president, served on the board since 2015, self-described advocate for students with intellectual disabilities.
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Holder: personal injury attorney who formed the Holder Law Group.
  • Jeffrey G. Brownfield: retired executive director of the State Universities Civil Service System.
  • Mark Thies: financial advisor at Edward Jones.
  • Mark A. Holm: business owner.
  • Albert J. Zwettler: employment service program manager at DSC (Developmental Service Center), an organization that assists people with disabilities.
  • Jordan Rock
  • Jeffrey Banister
  • Kyle Jordan
  • Athena Marie LaReau
  • Rebecca Severns
  • John Brotherton
  • Katherine Johnston
  • Diana Mendoza
  • Janet Brotherton
  • Monica Hall
  • Roger Quinlan
  • Benjamin Baxley – Subdistrict 7
  • Paul Poulosky – Subdistrict 5
  • Ravishankar Hasanadka – Subdistrict 2
  • Citaly Yuritzi Stanton – Subdistrict 1
  • Sheri Langendorf – Subdistrict 3
  • Torionna L. Exum – Subdistrict 6

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Champaign County puts out the call for election judges for April 4

Tuesday, March 28 is the deadline for formal announcement of polling locations for the April 4 consolidated local elections in Illinois. In Champaign County, the county clerk’s office says the number of polling places will depend on how many election judges they can recruit. County Clerk Aaron Ammons says as of right now, Champaign County is well short of the number of judges he would like to have. 

Vermilion County

Mayor of Danville

Jackie Vinson


School Board

  • Tierra Brown
  • Kimberly S. Corley
  • Christopher Eaton
  • Thomas Miller
  • Tyson J. Parks
  • Alice Payne
  • Joe Buyno
  • Connie Cannon
  • Nancy Heiser Dalenberg
  • Larry E. Daily
  • Sam Fourez
  • Susie Gardner
  • Cathy Jenkins
  • Mark Learnard
  • Jeromy Spesard
  • Lori L. Starwalt

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Macon County

Mayor of Decatur

School Board

The next school board members will tackle shortages among bus drivers and other staff, where to invest in school repairs and how to handle student discipline.

  • Bill Clevenger (incumbent)
  • Misty Fronk
  • Jacob Jenkins
  • Mark A. Reynolds
  • Will Wetzel
  • Hannah Wolfe

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LGBTQ book bans have spiked nationwide. Where do Decatur school board candidates stand?

 Movements to ban books – especially those with lesbian, gay, transgender or other queer characters – are making their way into local school board races.

That includes those running for three seats on the Decatur Public School Board of Education.