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Around Cal City: Signs of an upcoming election
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Around Cal City: Signs of an upcoming election

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Well there have been a few signs of the upcoming elections in Calumet City.

I’ve received a brochure in the mail and I’ve been robo-called.

The brochure is one I suspect many households in town received. It’s basically the Mayor’s “Democrats United” team.

The robo-call was from Gerry Tarka who’s running again for his current job as city treasurer as part of the mayor’s team.

Seems there was a different brochure circulating that shows Treasurer Tarka in a picture with Thaddeus Jones, the maybe mayoral opponent of Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush. Tarka wanted to make it clear that he was not running with Mr. Jones.

Politics is fun.

Here are the folks running for the seven wards in Calumet City in the February 28th primary.

1st ward: Mike Navarrete (a former student of mine seeking to replace another former student of mine; Eric Schneider), Byron Jordan, and Brian Wilson (former 3rd ward alderman who now lives in the 1st ward).

2nd ward: incumbent Leni Wosczynski and Darryl Jester

3rd ward: DeAndre Tillman

4th ward: Ramonde Williams (the incumbent)

5th ward: DeJuan Gardner, Sam Williams, Jr. and Roger Munda (the incumbent)

6th ward: Scott Windham, Christel R. Johnson and Nick Manousopoulos (the incumbent)

7th ward: Anthony Smith and Miacole Nelson

These names are from the latest (Feb 3rd) information on the website of the Cook County Clerk’s office. These folks run all Cook County elections except for those in Chicago.

There are other candidates for most if not all of these city positons, who are not running in the primary but plan to be on the ballot for the April 4th general election.

The clerk’s office has not yet posted those names.

If you live in town, it’s in your best interest to know the folks running in your word. Your alderperson is your immediate contact with the city and the services it provides for you.


I’m hearing the Calumet Memorial Park District has bought the former Calumet City Plumbing property. Those facilities will house the district’s vehicles and equipment. The current park garage facilities may be turned into a site for wrestling and other activities for the community.

More as it develops.

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. George Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He can be reached at


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