A 12-year member of the Triton College Board of Trustees, Riverside resident Stephen Kubiczky failed in his bid to win a fourth term in the April 17 election.
With all 355 District 504 precincts reporting Wednesday afternoon, unofficial results from the Cook County Clerk gave Triton incumbent Irene Moskal Del Giudice a 457-vote lead over Kubiczky, a retired attorney, knocking him out of what was widely viewed as a secure seat on the Triton Board.
Kubiczky was first elected to the Triton Board in 1995. He was reelected in 2001 with 28,288 votes, the highest vote total of six candidates. This time around, though, Kubiczky managed to garner barely half that amount, 15,547.
Attempts to contact Kubiczky by phone last week were unsuccessful.
Kubiczky ran on a slate with fellow incumbent Diane Viverito of Elmwood Park and newcomer Thomas Gary of Oak Park. Gary and Viverito finished one-two in the race, with over 20,000 votes each.
Few gave Schiller Park’s Del Giudice much of a chance after Triton board Chairman Mark Stephens informed her that she wouldn’t be part of his slate in the election, after she made a habit of raising questions during board meetings the past six years.
Instead, Stephens replaced Del Giudice with Oak Park resident Thomas Gary. Gary, backed by Illinois State Senator Don Harmon (D-39th), joined Viverito of Elmwood Park and Kubiczky on a plethora of yards signs, mass mailings and pass out literature in well over a dozen west suburbs.
On April 17 Gary grabbed the headlines, taking nearly 26 percent of the vote to become Triton’s first ever African-American trustee. Viverito, an assistant to Elmwood Park Village President and Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, finished a strong second.
After a night of uncertainty, on April 18 Del Giudice came out ahead of Kubiczky for the third open seat on the Triton board.
In the process she spoiled what many thought to be a done deal, and embarrassed Stephens.
Neither Kubiczky nor Viverito sat for an endorsement interview with the Landmark’s sister publication, the Wednesday Journal, which covers Oak Park and River Forest.
According to two sources, Stephens, whose father, Rosemont Mayor Don Stephens, controlled a bulging campaign fund, was livid Wednesday morning. In particular, the sources said, he was angry with Silvestri. Stephens, the sources said, reportedly felt election workers in Elmwood Park had not done enough for Kubiczky, who got 5,000 votes less than Viverito.