Expect a Number of New Faces to Lead Elmhurst Come Spring
Two aldermen, three School Board members and one park commissioner will not run for re-election in April.
The filing period closed at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, for candidates interested in running in the April 5 consolidated election for Elmhurst City Council, Park Board and District 205 School Board.
One seat in each of Elmhurst's seven wards will be open, and a total of 13 residents have declared their intent to run.
In the 1st Ward, incumbent Diane Gutenkauf will run against newcomer John Raniere.
In the 2nd Ward, only Bob Dunn has filed to run for the seat currently held by Pat Shea, who will not seek re-election.
Dannee Polomsky and Paul McLafferty will face off in the 3rd Ward; long-time alderman Susan Rose has decided not to run.
The 4th Ward is the most crowded, with incumbent Steve Hipskind facing challengers Darlene Heslop and Mark Anglewicz.
Scott Levin is the only candidate in the 5th Ward, and he also was appointed by Mayor Pete DiCianni Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Chris Nybo, who was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November. Levin ran for Elmhurst mayor in 2009.
In the 6th Ward, incumbent Steve Morley will go up against Rachel Kern, and incumbent Mark Mulliner will face Dean O'Brien in the 7th Ward.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 Board
Four seats will be open on the School Board, and eight residents have declared their intent to run—only one of them an incumbent.
Newcomers (in no particular order) Annette Franklin, Karen Stuefen, Robert G. Robertson Jr., Chris Blum, Shannon Hennessy Ebner, Paul Guerino and John McDonough, along with incumbent Deborah O'Keefe Conroy, will be on the ballot in April.
Board President Peggy Ostojic and long-time board members David Carlquist and Marta Davy have decided not to run.
Elmhurst Park District Board
As of 5 p.m. Monday, only two residents had filed for the two open positions on the Elmhurst Park Board: incumbent Mary Kies and newcomer Anthony Pelosi.
Vice President Norm Reinertsen will not be on the ballot.