Village trustee candidates were lined up outside the Brookfield village offices at 8:30 a.m. Monday in anticipation of the 9 a.m. kickoff for filing nominating petitions for the April 5, 2011 elections.
A look at the petitions revealed no surprises, with full slates of three candidates coming from each of Brookfield’s two main political parties, along with two independent candidates.
First in line at the window in Brookfield, said Deputy Clerk Theresa Coady, was independent candidate Josh Jones, a local banker. Right behind him were representatives from the VIP and PEP parties and independent Frank Torres, a local real estate agent.
Trustee candidates for the VIP Party include former trustee and village president Bill Russ, former trustee Wil Brennan and newcomer Douglas Tremper. PEP’s candidates are incumbent C.P. Hall, former trustee Kit Ketchmark and newcomer Ryan Evans.
VIP won the battle of the signatures, coming in with 619. PEP’s candidates rounded up 427 signatures, while Jones and Torres collected 321 and 210 respectively.
There are three trustee positions up for grabs in the April 2011 election. Since the eight candidates were at the window when the office opened at 9 a.m., ballot position will be determined by a lottery.
The filing period continues until 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20.
Caucus candidates file in Riverside
So far, the race for three trustee positions in Riverside is uncontested. On Monday morning, when filing began, petitions were filed by members of the Riverside United Party, comprising candidates chosen by the Riverside Community Caucus – incumbent trustees Ben Sells and Jean Sussman and former recreation board member and president Joseph Ballerine.
It’s unclear whether the Riverside Community Alliance is fielding candidates in the April 2011 election. The party swept to a board majority when all four of its candidates won election in 2009.
Calls to RCA trustees Mark Shevitz and Lonnie Sacchi were not returned.
Contested race in North Riverside
For the second straight election, there will be a contest for three trustee positions in North Riverside.
The village’s VIP Party, which has ruled the board for more than two decades, is slating three incumbents, Randall Czajka, James Votava and Gary Wittbrodt.
Making a second consecutive attempt at winning village office is businessman H. Bob Demopoulos, who ran unsuccessfully for village president in the last election.
Also filing nominating petitions this morning was retired North Riverside police officer Rocco DeSantis.