The number of potential candidates for three at-large seats on the Joliet City Council grew to 16 as of Saturday.
Roger Powell Sr., who was among the 15 candidates who ran in the last election for at-large seats in 2017 and was on the 2019 ballot for the district council election, took out petitions last week.
Just who’s running won’t be known until December, when petitions are filed for the April 6 city election.
But candidates have begun to campaign.
On Thursday, businessman Hudson Hollister, who has petitions out, gave a speech to supporters at Union Station, where he has an office, saying it is time to end division on the City Council, improve neighborhood services and fix downtown streets and parking.
“All of these problems require our leaders to think big and resolve conflicts,” Hollister said. “They are not doing that. Our City Council has been fighting an endless internal war. They can’t even agree on a permanent city manager.”
Powell is a commissioner for the Housing Authority of Joliet and is the second member of that board to take out petitions after Glenda Wright-McCullum.
Councilwoman Jan Quillman remains the only incumbent to have taken out petitions.
Councilman Michael Turk has said he is undecided, and Councilman Don Dickinson is not running.
Others with petitions are Brian Bettenhausen, Jeremy Brzycki, James Capparelli, Joe Clement, Cesar Guerrero, Lindsey Heavener, Janean Jackson, James Lanham, Marty Shanahan, Isiah Williams Jr. and Robert Wunderlich.
Nicole Lurry, the widow of Eric Lurry, also has announced her intention to run for the City Council.