The City of Peoria will have an eyepopping seven candidates for mayor to choose from on the February 2021 primary ballot.
They include current at-large council members Rita Ali and Sid Ruckriegel, as well as retiring 4th District councilman Jim Montelongo.
Activist Chama St. Louis, Caterpillar account manager Andres Diaz, the Rev. Chuck Brown of Victory Church also are running, as is Peoria Area Food Bank Warehouse Manager Couri Thomas, who lost in his last bid against Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis in 2017.
Ardis announced earlier this year he wouldn't seek a fifth consecutive term for the office he's held since 2005.
Each Peoria City Council district seat also is contested. In the 1st District, incumbent Denise Moore faces ADM employee Aaron Chess, former TV reporter/anchor Denise Jackson, and Alexander Sierra. The district covers the South Side, downtown Peoria, and the North Valley.
In the 2nd District covering the West Bluff and parts of Central Peoria, incumbent Chuck Grayeb will face Peoria District 150 recruiter Peter Kobak and architect James Kemper.
Incumbent councilman Tim Riggenbach filed his paperwork to run for re-election in the 3rd District on the last day. He faces Gale Thetford, who represented the area on the council from 1997-2005, and Lawrence Maushard, an East Bluff activist.
Candidates vying for the 4th District seat Montelongo is vacating in northwest Peoria include Methodist College Dean of Students Andre Allen, attorney Stephen Kouri, and Patricia Melaik.
In far North Peoria's 5th District, incumbent Denis Cyr faces Ryan Hite, an insurance agent.
Incumbent City Clerk Beth Ball isn't running for re-election. Chief Deputy City Clerk Stefanie Tarr will run for the seat against Peoria Police Officer Shawn Allen.
David Beck, Patrick Risen, Stephen Morris, and Brook Sommerville will run for the city treasurer's job after incumbent Patrick Nichting opted not to run for another term.
Peoria Township Supervisor Frank Abdnour faces a challenge from a fellow Democrat, LaTrina Leary.
Peoria Township Assessor Max Schlafley, a Republican, is running unopposed in the primary.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, is the last day for someone to file an objection against any of the candidates on the February ballot.
The top two vote-getters in races with more than two candidates filed will move onto the April 2021 general election.
The primary election is Feb. 23, 2021.
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