Campaign 2019: Candidates file for April municipal elections
By Bob Bong
It seems that no sooner do we finish one election cycle than
another one pops up.
Candidates had until last Monday to throw their hats into
the ring for the April 2 local elections.
Voters will go to the polls to choose from an assortment of
candidates including village and city officials as well as park board, library
board, fire district board and school boards.
Here is a rundown on local candidates, pending any write-in
candidates, who filed to run in municipal races this spring. We will run down
school board candidates in a separate story.
In Justice, incumbent trustees Richard Sparr and Karen
Warner filed to run on the Village Voice slate along with former village clerk
Kathleen Svoboda, who has been working as deputy clerk with former trustee
Suzanne Small, who was elected clerk two years ago.
They will be facing a slate of trustee candidates running as
the Residents First Party. Those challengers include Francis Mills, Jeffrey
Allen and John Obrochta.
The Peoples Economy Party has slated incumbent Trustee David
LeClere to run with newcomers Kathryn Kaluzny and Brian Conroy. Trustee Ryan
Evans is leaving the board because of term limits in the village and Trustee
Michelle Ryan is stepping down because of job considerations.
They will be facing a slate of trustee candidates running on
the newly formed Brookfield Community Party. Those challengers are Thomas
Galbraith, Joshua Jones and Mark Rogers.
Four library board candidates are running unopposed
including incumbents Dianne Duner, Jennifer Perry and Linda Kampschroeder along
with newcomer John Edgar Mihelic.
Village Clerk Colleen Lambert, a former village trustee, has
filed to fill the two-year unexpired term. She is surrendering her seat on the
Summit School District 104 Board of Education.
Also filing for the April ballot were incumbent trustees
Aleco Julius, Art Sullivan and Karen Wasko.
For the Summit Park District Board, incumbents Oscar Ponce
and Tony Cervantes have filed for six-year terms and Maribel Solis has filed to
fill the unexpired term of Bill Mundy.
For the Summit Library Board, four residents are running
unopposed for four seats: Avzi Dardovski, Mariela Munoz, Patricia Diaz and
incumbent Jeff Duley. Stepping down from the board are Jose Silva and Bedri Asani.
Incumbent trustees Nancy Miller and Mike Grossi filed for
All three incumbent trustees filed to run unopposed in April
on the Village Independent Party: Mary Hrejsa, Mitchell Milenkovic and Jeffrey
INDIAN HEAD PARK
Incumbent Mayor Tom Hinshaw is running for re-election along
with incumbent trustees Chris Metz and Rita Farrell Mayer. Shawn Kennedy has
also filed to run as a trustee candidate. Three seats are up for election.
Incumbent trustee Glenn Mann did not file for another term.
Nobody filed for village clerk, which has been filled by an
interim appointment since Laurie Scheer resigned more than a year ago.
Incumbent Mayor Steve Landek, incumbent Clerk John Altar and
incumbent trustees James Cecott, Patt Higginson and Norma Pinion are all
running unopposed for re-election under the Active Party Banner.
Former mayor Terry Carr, incumbent trustee Fred Posch and
newcomer Ernie Moon have all filed for trustee under the Integrity Party
banner. Incumbent Kathryn Stanphill did not file for re-election.
Three incumbent trustees – Greg Ramirez, Pat Alonzi and
James Velesky – filed to run for re-election. They are unopposed in April.
Also seeking re-election are library trustees Victor Zynda
and Mary Francis also filed. They are uncontested.
Noel B. Cummings, 91, who was first elected mayor in 1979,
has filed to run again as head of the Village Pride Party. He is running
Running with him are incumbent Village Clerk Stephanie Gardner,
and four incumbent trustees.
Running unopposed for four-year terms are Larry Rice, Vicky
Moxley and Dominic Misasi. Running for a two-year term is Timothy Kovel.
Three aldermen, mayor, treasurer, and clerk are all running
unopposed for re-election in Countryside in April on the Countryside Leadership
Sean McDermott is running for mayor, Susan Burdett for
clerk, and Caryn Stancik for treasurer. Running for aldermen are James Jasinski
in Ward 1, Thomas Mikolzyk in Ward 2 and Scott Musillami in Ward 3.
Incumbent trustees Anthony Kensik, Katrina Errant and Edward
Salecki are running unopposed for four-year terms.
Calls to the Village Hall were not returned.
Nobody is running for municipal office in April.
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