THE FIRST ELECTION IN HOFFMAN ESTATES

Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

voteThe first election held in Hoffman Estates was November 7, 1959.  We had just voted for incorporation for the village in September and now the residents would go to the polls to elect a new village president and board of trustees.

Unlike the long drawn out political campaigning that goes on now, the early residents had only 6 weeks to learn about the candidates that would govern them for the next 4 years, very little time to make such important decisions.

The population of Hoffman Estates was only 8000 residents but that was a lot of door bells to rings and visits to be made to persuade neighbors and friends to vote for either the Good Government Party or the People’s Party.

It was decided that the elections would be non-partisan, neither Republican nor Democrat.  Both parties would rely on posters, flyers and newspapers to get their message across to so many in so little time.

Election Day finally arrived on November 7.  After three votes to incorporate, the early residents finally had a say in who would govern them and how they would govern themselves.  Now the democratic process would help them shape their future.

The residents of Hoffman Estates would choose Ed Pinger as President, Marilyn Brading as Clerk, James Gannon, Bruce Berger, Ed Deerfield, Ed Cunningham, John Pickering and Roy Jenkins as Trustees.  The Good Government Party had won the election.

On November 12, 1959 the first village board meeting was held.  It was the first of many and the beginning of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian
Eagle2064@comcast.net

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