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Posted on: August 24, 2020

City of Carbondale City Council Election Petition Packets Available Beginning August 25

City Council Election Packets


CARBONDALE – In April 2021, the City of Carbondale will hold an election to select three City Councilmembers for four-year terms. Information and petition forms will be available in the City Clerk’s Office beginning on August 25, 2020; these same forms are available now in the 2021 Candidate’s Guide which can be found on the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Signed, completed forms are to be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office during the statutory filing period of Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 23, 2020.

This election will be for the seats presently held by Councilmembers Jessica Bradshaw, Carolin Harvey, and Jeff Doherty.

Candidates should consult the 2021 Candidate’s Guide available through the Illinois State Board of Elections website at and are strongly advised to obtain legal counsel regarding their qualifications for office and how to correctly circulate, complete and file their petitions.  

If thirteen or more candidates file petitions for the three City Council positions, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The General Election will be held on April 6 and the elected City Council Members will take office at the first City Council meeting in May.

The City Clerk’s Office is located in Room 165 of City Hall, 200 S. Illinois Avenue. Regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone inquiries may be addressed to the City Clerk’s Office at 549-5302.

“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”


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