Mark Rogers, who announced early this fall he would be running for one of three open village trustee seats on the Brookfield Village Board next April, won’t file nominating petitions after all.
In response to inquiries by the Landmark earlier this week, Rogers announced his withdrawal from the race via a Facebook post on Dec. 14. In his announcement, Rogers cites increased work responsibilities as the reason for his decision.
Rogers is a regional manager for Scarborough Alliance Group, which specializes in retirement planning for labor union members.
“It would be unfair of me to take on more fiduciary duties as village trustee without determining how my new and increased work responsibilities will affect my professional and personal schedule,” Rogers wrote. “Naturally, I’m disappointed about not being a candidate — we need new people on our village board with the ability to dialogue and debate without fear of going against the party line.”
A former member and past president of the Lyons-Brookfield Elementary School District 103 Board of Education, Rogers ran as a trustee candidate in 2015, finishing fourth in a field of six, falling about 265 votes shy of winning a seat on the board.
In the meantime, a slate of candidates calling themselves The Common Sense Party appears to be collecting signatures to be placed on the ballot next April.
Among those involved are Roberto Garcia, who is running for village president; Leilani Cappetta, who is running for clerk; and Sherry Lada, Kathleen Hillmann and Edward Frantzen, who are running for trustee.
Social media postings by Frantzen announcing the slate’s bid state that the group wants to focus on “the development of the Ogden corridor, 8 corners and the downtown area,” “holding the line on local taxes” and address[ing] the increased level of gang activity in town, specifically around the Ehlert Park area.”
The slate announced its intentions via social media on Dec. 13, just six days prior to the deadline for filing nominating petitions with the village clerk’s office.
Meanwhile, the PEP Party slate – Kit Ketchmark, president; Brigid Weber, clerk; and Michael Garvey, Nicole Gilhooley and Ed Cote, trustee – filed nominating petitions with the clerk’s office on Dec. 12.