The election may not be until April, but for those who wish to be part of the Vernon Area Public Library Board of Trustees, the process begins now.
Prospective candidates for Vernon Area Public Library Trustee in the April 2021 Consolidated Election may pick up a candidate packet through curbside service or download required forms here: https://VAPLD.info/for-candidates
The packet includes a Statement of Candidacy, Petition for Nomination sheets, and a Statement of Economic Interests Form.
To qualify to run, a prospective candidate must reside within the Vernon Area Public Library District and be registered to vote. A state law passed in August 2018 increases the residency requirement to one year and disqualifies candidates who owe the library money or have been convicted of a felony. Finally, the prospective candidate must also secure the signatures of at least 50 qualified voters who reside within the Vernon Area Public Library District on a Petition for Nomination.
Prospective candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Helpful information about completing and filing nomination papers may be found at https://VAPLD.info/for-candidates
Completed petition packets may be filed at the Library Annex no earlier than 9 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020, and no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2020. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received at the library. A lottery may be used to determine order in some circumstances; see the State Board of Elections Candidates’ Guide for details.
Three of the board’s seven seats will be up for election in April. Two are for a six-year term; one is for a partial two-year term. All terms will commence on May 17, 2021.
It should be noted that all candidates for Library Trustee file for office on a nonpartisan basis.