Niles Candidates Force Coin Toss; LoVerde Bows Out

Two full slates of candidates showed up to file at 8:30 a.m. Monday, forcing a lottery to see which will get first billing on the ballot. Also, Trustee Joe LoVerde, who was planning a mayoral run, nixes it for health reasons.


After four candidates from the New Niles 2013 Party and four from the Responsible Leadership Party showed up Monday morning when the Niles Village Clerk opened up, they will force a coin toss or similar lottery to determine which goes first on the ballot.

Earlier: Candidates was no time filing in Niles

Village Clerk Marlene Victorine released a notice Wednesday saying Illinois Election Code requires, in a simultaneous petition filing instance like this, a lottery or some other impartial means of deciding which party goes first on the ballot. 

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The lottery will be held Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the she said. 

LoVerde calls off campaign

Niles Trustee Joe LoVerde, who had earlier declared his candidacy for mayor and then stated he was reconsidering in light of issues with his hearing, decided to bow out.

"Based on my most recent test results I have made the decision not to enter the April Niles election," he emailed Wednesday night.

That leaves two contenders for mayor so far.

  • Chris Hanusiak (a current trustee) of the Responsible Leadership party, who is running on a slate with trustee candidates Jim Hynes (an incumbent trustee), Louella Preston (an incumbent trustee) and Mary Marusek.
  • Andrew Przybylo (a current trustee) of the New Niles 2013 party, who is running on a slate with former trustee George Alpogianis as well as John Jekot and Danette Matyas.

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Jac Charlier December 20, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Good to see there will be a contested election. This means choice for the voters and different ideas on how to go forward.
Harry Gio December 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I'm voting for Gus Alpogianis !


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