Candidates seeking election to the village boards in both Brookfield and North Riverside were up bright and early Monday morning, which was the first day for candidates to file nominating petitions for the April 2015 consolidated election.
Nine candidates filed to run for three village trustee seats up for grabs next April in Brookfield, with former Brookfield police officer John Marino first in line to hand petitions to Village Clerk Cathy Colgrass Edwards.
Marino is part of a slate calling itself the Citizens Action Party (CAP). His two running mates on the slate are Mark Rogers and Daniel Gribben. While not running themselves, the political party’s officers, who are listed on the petitions, are all former VIP Party leaders and candidates, including John Gallagher, Douglas Tremper and Bill Russ.
Facing off against CAP are two other three-person slates. The United Residents Party’s ticket is topped by former PEP Party trustee and independent village presidential candidate Michael Towner. He is joined on the ticket by James Boyle III and Carla Close Prosen, a former PEP Party supporter and daughter of former Brookfield Village President Kevin Close.
The PEP Party, which has held every village-wide elective office since 2005, is slating two incumbents — Ryan Evans, who won election to the board back in 2011, and Michelle Ryan, who was appointed to the board in 2013 to replace Kit Ketchmark, who won election as village president against Towner.
Also joining Evans and Ryan on the ballot with PEP will be David LeClere, who served as a village trustee, 2007-11.
Six file in North Riverside
Just one trustee elected in 2011 in North Riverside is back for re-election next year. H. Bob Demopoulos, who was elected as an independent four years ago, has put together a slate of candidates vying for three village trustee positions.
One member of the slate, Marybelle Mandel, ran unsuccessfully for trustee in 2013 under the Transparency and Accountability in Politics Party banner. While Demopoulos didn’t run in that election, he backed the TAP slate, which spent most of the campaign under the siege of a robust challenge from the VIP Party, which has dominated North Riverside politics for the past quarter-century.
The third candidate on Demopoulos’ slate is Joshua Garza, an Iraq veteran who is new to the political scene in the village.
Demopoulos has designated his slate the Save Our Firefighters Party, a direct reference to the attempt by Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr., a VIP Party member, to privatize the village fire department.
Meanwhile, the VIP Party has slated two incumbents, Deborah Czajka and Jason Bianco. Both candidates were appointed trustee shortly after the 2013 election.
Bianco was appointed to replace Rocco DeSantis, who resigned as trustee amid a lawsuit claiming he could not legally hold the position and simultaneously be a police officer on disability leave. Czajka was appointed to replace her husband, Randy, who resigned due to health reasons.
They are joined on the VIP slate by longtime party member Joseph Iniguez, a retired police officer who serves as the chairman of the North Riverside Civil Service Commission.
Caucus slate files in Riverside
As of Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., there’s no opposition to three candidates chosen in November by the Riverside Community Caucus.
The Caucus candidates — incumbent Trustee Joseph Ballerine, Michael Sedivy and Scott Lumsden — filed their nominating petitions as a slate called Riverside 2015. There are three trustee positions up for election in Riverside next spring.
Nominating petitions for all races will be accepted through Dec. 22 at 5 p.m.
This article has been changed to correct the circumstances under which Jason Bianco was appointed as a North Riverside village trustee.