Lewis loses in Dolton

2013-04-09T22:25:00Z Lewis loses in DoltonGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 09, 2013 10:25 pm  • 

Dolton village Trustee Riley Rogers, who has been a persistent critic of Village President Ronnie Lewis, was successful in his electoral bid Tuesday to replace him.

Rogers took 45 percent of the vote in a field of five candidates wishing to be Dolton village president. Lewis finished third in the contest with 22 percent, while Valeria Stubbs finished second with 23 percent. Two other candidates, Mary Avent and Kiana Belcher, each had about 5 percent of the vote.

Also winning on Tuesday were Mary Kay Duggan for village clerk, and trustee candidates Robert Hunt Jr., Tiffany Henyard and Stanley Brown – all of whom were aligned on the same slate as Rogers.

Lewis was the only area incumbent to lose.

In Burnham, South Holland and Calumet City, the village presidents or mayors were all successful in gaining re-election. Meanwhile in Calumet City, the son of former Mayor Dominick Gigliotti was elected to a seat on the Calumet Memorial Park District.

Burnham Village President Robert Polk took 416 votes to 322 votes for challenger Antonia Rias, who had to turn to the Cook County courts to get reinstated to the ballot after the electoral board removed him.

Nancy Dobrowski ran unopposed for another term as village clerk, while Lus Chavez, Travis Claybrooks and John Cap Jr. were picked to four-year terms as village trustees.

Don De Graff, who has been village president of South Holland since 1994, defeated challenger Michael Stuttley. De Graff ran on a slate of incumbent candidates calling itself the Heritage Community Party, which was challenged by Stuttley’s slate, which called itself Democrats.

The weak voter turnout for the special election for the Illinois 2nd Congressional district may have helped bolster De Graff. Some observers had thought that a strong interest in the congressional campaign might get supporters of Robin Kelly to automatically vote for Stuttley and his slate because of its name.

Also in South Holland, Sallie Penman defeated Michelle Royster for village clerk; while incumbent trustees Larry DeYoung, Matthew James and Andrew Johnson Jr., were victorious against Larry Alexander and Jacqueline Franklin.

Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush had an easier time Tuesday in Calumet City than her counterparts in nearby municipalities. She received 3,127 votes out of 22,640 registered voters with 22 of 24 precincts counted. But she was unopposed, as were city Clerk Nyota Figgs and city Treasurer Gerald Tarka.

Calumet City voters also were asked to make a pick from among three candidates for two posts on the Calumet Memorial Park District. James Gigliotti, along with Bonita Rising, were elected to four-year terms.

Gigliotti is the city’s economic development director. But this is a return to local elected office for the son of the former mayor. He served from 2007-11 on the Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 board of education, but lost a bid for re-election in the last election cycle.

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