Park Forest Non-Partisan Committee on Local Government
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Non-partisan elections are based on the following principles:
- Every qualified citizen should be free to run for office without the approval or support of any organized group.
- Voters should have opportunities to know the candidates and understand the issues.
- Local issues are local. They should not be obscured by state or national issues or by the motives of distant powers.
- Candidates in a local election should be free of pressure from any special interest group. They should be obligated only to the citizens of their community.
Those ideals were first put to work in town meetings in early America. Today, the system is well known as non-partisan local elections.
A PARK FOREST TRADITION
Non-Partisanship has been a tradition in Park Forest since 1949. In 1955 the Committee for Non-Partisan Local Government in Park Forest was established as a not-for-profit organization. The all-volunteer Committee works toward two goals:
- To make it convenient for any legally qualified resident to run for public office at little expense and regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or political party.
- To give Park Forest voters the opportunity to hear all candidates and ask them questions at open meetings.
As a result of the Committee’s work, every voter has ample opportunity to become informed about all local candidates and issues. Every citizen has the opportunity to run for office without the approval of any political organization and without having to fight against the organized power of any political group. The non-partisan system has worked so well in Park Forest that it has been respected by nearly all political party representatives.
HOW NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS WORK
You or any other qualified citizen of Park Forest may run as an independent within the non-partisan system. Any independent candidate simply circu- lates nominating petitions, obtains the required number of qualified signatures, and files them at the Park Forest Village Hall.
Each candidate then writes a statement of personal qualifications and views on the local issues. The Committee for Non-Partisan Local Government prints the statements and distributes them to all Park Forest residents who attend candidate meetings. Candidates are asked to agree to the Committee’s “Guidelines on Non-Partisanship Campaign Practices,” copies of which are available from the Committee.
The Committee plans and organizes a series of public meetings, coffees, and other forums which permit all the candidates to speak to the voters face-to-face. Volunteer moderators conduct the meetings, assuring each candidate an equal opportunity to become known to the voters. All of this work is done at no cost to the candidates.
Who We Are
The mission of the Committee for Non-Partisan Local Government in Park Forest is to introduce Candidates for Village Offices to the community at no cost to the candidates or the citizens while encouraging candidates and the community to observe the integrity of a truly Non-Partisan Election.
- To promote and maintain non-partisan local government.
- To provide opportunities for candidates for local village public office to meet the public.
- To provide for distribution of candidate statements.