New Schaumburg trustee candidate enters race; Larson still 'undecided' on running
One 2019 Schaumburg mayoral candidate has announced a change in the lineup of his partial slate of trustee candidates, while 31-year incumbent Al Larson says he remains undecided about another re-election bid with the petition-filing period only five weeks away.
The three declared candidates for the April 2 mayoral election are longtime Trustee Tom Dailly, 21-year village resident Nafees Rahman and 20-year resident Sunil Shah.
Rahman, deputy director of accounting in Secretary of State Jesse White's office since April 2017, said that previously announced trustee candidate Jim Wright, who manages Walker Brothers The Original Pancake House in the village, has been replaced on the slate by Leon Mangum, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army who is program director of the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Veteran's Assistance Program based in Naperville. Wright dropped out of the race due a family issue, Rahman said.
Nooruddin Taj, who's lived in Schaumburg for more than 20 years and formerly worked at Motorola in Arlington Heights, remains a trustee candidate on Rahman's slate, and a third such candidate is still being sought.
Dailly, who's served as a trustee more than 25 years in two separate phases, is running in mutual support of current trustees Mark Madej and George Dunham, as well as Brian Bieschke, a 13-year veteran of the village's advisory panels running for the seat Dailly is vacating.
Shah is an insurance agent in Schaumburg and a resident of the village for more than 20 years. He is not running in conjunction with any trustee candidates.
The only declared candidate for village clerk is incumbent Marilyn Karr.
Larson said he is not currently circulating petitions for re-election and has not set any personal deadline to make a decision.
Because Schaumburg and neighboring Hoffman Estates have a primary system to narrow down a potentially large number of candidates, the filing period for the Feb. 26 primary is from Nov. 19 to 26.
A primary would be triggered if the number of candidates who file exceeds four times the number of seats for a position. It would take five candidates to trigger a primary for mayor or clerk and 13 candidates to trigger a primary for trustee.
Though most elected boards' filing period for the April 2 general election is Dec. 10 to 17, Schaumburg's already will be over by then even if a Feb. 26 primary is unnecessary.