BLOOMINGTON — A write-in candidate has a prompted a primary election in the race for Bloomington Ward 4 alderman.
Daniel Metz of 608 E. Mulberry St., Apt. 1, filed Wednesday with the Bloomington Election Commission as a write-in candidate for the seat on the City Council.
Metz and four other candidates who filed nominating petitions by the Nov. 24 deadline will vie in the Feb. 24 primary, but he will not be listed on the ballot.
The four candidates garnering the most votes will go on to compete in the April 7 municipal election.
No primary is scheduled in Normal, which elects its council members at large.
The other candidates for the Ward 4 seat are attorney Amelia Buragas, 23 White Place; Jeremy Kelley, 1211 Fell Ave. a senior public policy analyst in State Farm's corporate law department; Don "Chip" Frank, 6 Somerset Court, owner of Capen Frank Proctor & Bowles Inc., an independent insurance agency; and Ron Schultz, a retired Bloomington Water Department employee.
Incumbent Judy Stearns announced Nov. 7 that she would not seek a third term.
BEC Executive Director Paul Shannon said the ward's six precincts will be consolidated into two polling locations. Voters will be mailed a post card telling them where they will vote if they are not in their usual polling location. Any additional updates will be posted at www.becvote.org.
In Bloominton, primary elections are held only if there are five candidates or more for any one seat.
Three other wards will have contested races for alderman, but unless other write-in candidates file by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, they will not need a primary election.
Incumbent Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter will face Guadalupe "Lupe" Diaz III, 1218 Orchard Road.
Incumbent Ward 6 Alderman Karen Schmidt, 409 E. Grove St., will face Sam Kelch, 1301 W. Grove. St. Schmidt has served on the council since 1999.
Incumbent Ward 8 Alderman Diana Hauman, 48 Kenfield Circle, will face Alton C. Franklin III, 508 Patterson Drive.
Incumbent Ward 2 Alderman David Sage of 2821 Rocksbury Drive is unopposed.