Peoria’s Mesquite council district ballot set
Douglas, Shafer to face off for special election, Nov. 8
Daily Independent By Philip Haldiman
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“Two individuals will compete for former Mesquite District Peoria City Council member Bridget Binsbacher’s seat, who stepped down earlier this year to run for mayor.
Interim councilmember Brad Shafer and Diane Douglas, former state schools superintendent and Peoria Unified School District board member, have submitted enough signatures to secure spots on a Nov. 8 special election ballot.
The elected council member will serve in the seat until the end of 2024.
Shafer stepped down from the Peoria Planning & Zoning Commission April 7, and was the only candidate who applied for the interim position, which council approved April 28.
The deadline for candidates to submit their signatures to appear on the Nov. 8 special election ballot was July 11. The minimum signatures required were 389. Douglas submitted 559 signatures and Shafer submitted 611.
The Mesquite District in northern Peoria has received a lot of attention due to its explosive growth in the last decade.
The 2020 Census count showed that Peoria’s population increased 27% to 191,000 from 2010 to 2020. Nowhere was this more evident than in the Mesquite District, where it now has a population of 47,209, making up nearly 25% of the city’s residents. The second most populous district is the Willow District, located just south of Mesquite, with a population of 31,846.
The Mesquite District is home to the 17,500 resident, 7,100-acre master planned Vistancia development and the city’s luxury home hotbed, located in the 85383 ZIP code.”