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April 9 contests shaping up in villages, school districts

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Updated: January 28, 2013 3:43PM

Wednesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for candidates to file to run in the April 9 elections for Illinois villages and school boards. And as usual, most of the candidates filed either on the first filing day, Dec. 17, or just before Wednesday’s deadline.

School District U46

Three candidates turned in their nominating petitions and election packets in the last few hours Wednesday before Elgin School District U46 returned to its holiday hours. Those candidates include U46 Board of Education President Donna Smith of Hanover Park, Linda D. Campos-Moreira of Elgin and Carlos Chavez of Elgin.

Four candidates also had filed earlier this month including Andrew Giggey of Streamwood, Veronica Noland of Elgin, Gary Percy of Elgin, and Frank Napolitano of Bartlett.

Three seats on the seven-member board are up for election, including those now held by incumbents Smith, Joyce Fountain and Dale Spencer. All are four-year terms.

School District 300

Three candidates filed for three open seats on the board of education in Community Unit School District 300: board President Anne Miller, board member David Alessio and Kathleen Burley of Algonquin. So that’s what about half the school board will look like come this spring, although district officials said Wednesday each candidate still must get one vote in the election.

Board member Karen Roeckner did not turn in a packet to run for re-election for her seat. All are four-year terms, according to the district website.


Angela Causey of South Elgin added her name to the seven candidates who filed earlier this month for two six-year terms and a four-year term on the college’s board of trustees.

Risé Jones of Elgin, who recently was appointed to fill the next few months of John Dalton’s term, incumbent Clare Ollayos of Elgin, Elias Palacios of St. Charles and Causey filed for two six-year terms up for election. Those seats include Ollayos’ and board President Robert McBride’s.

Two candidates had filed earlier this month for the remaining four years of Dalton’s term, including Nadia BlancDaley of South Elgin and Art Sauceda of Bartlett.

South Elgin

Incumbents Jim Hansen and Margo Gray will be running unopposed for South Elgin village president and village clerk, respectively. But a contest is shaping up farther down the ballot, as two new candidates challenge three incumbents whose terms are expiring but are seeking re-election.

Two of the trustee incumbents, Bill DiFulvio and John Sweet, filed their petitions just before the deadline late Wednesday. Incumbent Scott Richmond had filed on Dec. 17, the first day of filing. Running against them will be newcomers Robert B. Sauceda and Jennifer Barconi.


It appears that Hampshire will be getting another four years with Jeff Magnussen as village president, but also will be getting at least one new village trustee.

Magnussen, a two-term incumbent, was the only candidate to file to run for president.

Jerry Shepardson, whose first term as a trustee will expire in April, did not file to run again. But veteran incumbents George Brust and Martin Ebert are seeking re-election. Challenging them for three open trustee seats will be Michael Reid Jr., Deborah Mirandi and Connie vonKeudell.


Assuming no write-in candidates come forward, Gilberts will have an uncontested election in April.

Rick Zirk has filed for re-election as village president.

Incumbent Trustees Guy Zambetti and Nancy Farrell are running again. Veteran incumbent Trustee Everett Clark Jr. apparently has decided to retire from that office. He probably will be succeeded by David LeClercq, the sole newcomer who filed to run for trustee.


Following a common pattern, Huntley will see its current village president, Chuck Sass, running uncontested for re-election but will have a contest for village trustee.

Seeing election to three trustee seats will be John Piwko, Ronda Goldman, Jay Kadakia and J.R. Westberg.


Incumbent Village President Ed Ritter is running unopposed, as is incumbent Trustee Kay Teeter for a two-year spot on the village board. Vying for three four-year terms on the board will be incumbents Kevin Rehberg and Patricia Schultz along with Kent Baldwin, Bryan Moore and Virginia Stephens.

East Dundee

Incumbent Village President Jerald Bartels is being challenged for his seat by current trustee Lael Miller. Running for three spots on the village board are incumbents Robert Gorman and Paul VanOstenbridge along with Mark Poynon, Dan Selep, and Kirstin Wood. No one had submitted petitions to run for village clerk.

West Dundee

Longtime Village President Larry Keller is stepping aside, with current Trustee Andy Yuscka running against Christopher Nelson to replace him. For three seats on the village board, incumbent Patrick Hanley will face Daniel Parochelli, William Pflanz and Daniel Wilbrandt. A full candidates’ list will be available Wednesday morning.

Pingree Grove

For three seats on the village board, incumbents Ray LaMarca and Steve Wiedmeyer will face challengers Bruce Barnes, Lon Czarnecki, Richard Eckert, Joe Nowosielski, Charles Pearson and Patrick Whalen.

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