A lot of candidates have already filed petitions to run in next year’s Springfield city elections.
Rianne Hawkins is seeking a rematch of her 2015 loss to City Clerk Frank Lesko. Both Hawkins and Lesko filed their petitions Monday. Incumbent aldermen facing challenges next year include Ward 4’s John Fulgenzi, who will face John Thomas… Ward 5’s Andrew Proctor, whose opponents include former alderman Sam Cahnman and Capital Township trustee Lakeisha Purchase… and Ward 7’s Joe McMenamin, who will go up against Capital Township trustee Brad Carlson.
There is also a contested race for the open Ward 8 seat, with Dean Graven and Erin Conley both filing to run for that seat.