Clerks preparing for April 9 municipal elections

2012-12-27T20:30:00Z Clerks preparing for April 9 municipal electionsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
December 27, 2012 8:30 pm  • 

Three Thornton residents wish to replace retiring Village President Jack Swan, while in Lynwood, incumbent Village Clerk Roy Valle does not plan to seek re-election and in Crete, Village President Michael Einhorn has three challengers for the April 9 municipal elections.

Village clerks across the south suburbs were busy Thursday preparing the documents to send to the Cook County clerk’s office, informing them of who will be seeking government office in the nonpartisan municipal elections in April.

Swan has said he will not seek re-election, and he did not file nominating petitions by the Wednesday night deadline to get a ballot spot.

Voters will get to choose from Andrew Houston, Robert “Bob” Kolosh and current Trustee Judy A. Diekelman for a replacement.

There also are three seats on the Village Board that are open, with six people filing petitions, said Village Clerk Debbie Pisarzewski, who is running unopposed for re-election.

The six trustee candidates are Joan Lobahn, James Candell, Thomas R. Ehlers, incumbents Kimberly “Kim” Atkinson and Joseph “Joe” Pisarzewski and Leonard P. Jamrock.

In Crete, Einhorn has three election day challengers. They are Brent Humecki, Don Seehausen and Elbert Shaw. Village Clerk Deborah Bachert is running unopposed for re-election.

In Lynwood, five candidates running on a Progressive Party slate will run unopposed, including Village President Eugene Williams.

But Valle will be replaced as clerk by Trustee Karen Wingfield-Bond. Three trustee candidates are incumbents Rich Stephens, William Lebeter and Willie Sims.

In other municipalities, Lansing Village Clerk Patricia “Patti” Eidam filed nominating petitions to seek re-election independent of the political slates put together by Village President Norm Abbott and his challenger, former trustee Donald Sciackitano.

Also, three candidates filed petitions to run for three positions on the Lansing Public Library board. Those candidates are Michelle Bohacik, Anthony Comer-Hill and Judith F. Koch.

But in Thornton, there are five positions up for election on their library board, but only two candidates who are running. Those are John DeYoung and Sandra Garza.

South Holland Village President Don De Graff is being challenged by Mike Stutley, while Village Clerk Sallie Penman is being challenged by Michelle Royster. Incumbent trustees Larry DeYoung, Matthew James and Andrew Johnson Jr., are seeking re-election, and are being challenged by Jacqueline Franklin and Larry Alexander. For the library board, incumbents Virgil Tolbert, Vanessa Bradley and Nancy Banash are running.

In Burnham, Village President Robert Polk will be challenged by Antonio Reyes, while Clerk Nancy Dobrowski is running unopposed.

Four people are running for three seats on the Village Board. They are Luz Chavez, incumbents John Cap and Travis Claybrooks and Christie Leschinsky.

Glenwood Village President Kerry Durkin is seeking re-election, and will face a challenge from Adam Winston. Durkin will head a slate called The Progressive Action Party which consists of Village Clerk Ernestine Dobbins, and three  trustee candidates, Ronald Gardiner, incumbent Carmen Hopkins and Paul W. Styles Jr. One other trustee candidate, Mark Myers, is running as an independent.

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