HOW CBP FINDS CANDIDATES FOR VILLAGE AND LIBRARY OFFICE

The Nominating Committee begins meeting in the spring the year before the General Election for Village and Library offices and meets into the fall to develop a slate to present to the Town Meeting. In its initial meetings the Village President (and Clerk when that office is up for election) and Library Board President brief the Nominating Committee on the positions for which the Nominating Committee must find candidates and the issues faced by the Village and Library. It looks to the current and past Village Commission membership, Friends of the Library membership, and other similar pools of talent for potential candidates. It keeps records of people contacted in past years for those that might have current interest in running for office. It seeks referrals from current and past office holders. In short, the committee members do all they can to identify and contact potential candidates.

Citizens with an interest in an office are asked to complete an application indicating: birth date; age; address; telephone numbers; length of residency; information on family, education and employment; memberships; community and governmental involvement and offices held; social and religious organizations and offices held; awards and honors; spouse or other family member honors, appointments and positions in Glen Ellyn; and principal demands on the applicant’s time. In addition, the candidate is asked to list the most significant challenges he or she believes are facing Glen Ellyn relevant to the post he or she is seeking, and to offer a 50-word statement, for publication, on how he or she plans to address the challenges.

Potential Village or Library Trustee candidates who submit an application are then
scheduled to appear before the Nominating Committee to explore being slated as a Nominee. The Committee interviews all prospective candidates to understand the candidates’ motivation, experience and qualifications. Typically, prospective nominees with little knowledge about or involvement in local government are encouraged to defer seeking office and instead consider getting involved on a commission, committee or in some other way to better prepare themselves for future consideration. While the CBP bylaws give no guidance to the committee as to what it means to be “qualified” for nomination, Nominating Committee members have applied this to mean that nominees at a minimum must be “qualified under election law to hold the office.” Most committee members have sought nominees with appropriate background and experience so the nominee can to be effective in the office. Members have been wary of “single-issue candidates” who appear not to understand or want to address the wider set of issues that a Village or Library office-holder must tackle for the betterment of the community.

After the interviews are completed, the Nominating Committee then undertakes a voting process that aims to slate at least two qualified candidates for each open position.

Candidates who are not slated by the committee or who choose not to appear in front of the committee can potentially become a Civic Betterment Party candidate, by notifying the Nominating Committee chair at least 30 days before the Town Meeting of their intent to be nominated from the floor of the Town Meeting and then by being nominated at the Town Meeting.