Brookfield voters will get their first extended looks at candidates running to be village president and village trustee at a March 10 forum organized by the LaGrange Area League of Women Voters.

The forum is slated to take place at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., with the candidates for village president, PEP Party incumbent Kit Ketchmark, and Common Sense Party challenger Roberto “Bobby” Garcia, facing off from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The presidential candidates will be followed from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. by trustee candidates from both the PEP and Common Sense Party slates. That forum will feature PEP Party trustee candidates Michael Garvey, Nicole Gilhooley and Ed Cote along with Common Sense Party trustee candidate Sherry Lada. 

Edward Frantzen and Kathleen Hillmann, both trustee candidates of the Common Sense Party, will not be attending but may send a representative to make an opening statement.

Melissa Lieb, the LVW volunteer organizing the Brookfield forum, said questions from constituents will be accepted via email prior to the forum. The email address to send questions to is

In addition, those who attend the forum will have the opportunity to submit written questions to LWV representatives, who may choose to ask candidates some of those questions as well.

The event will be moderated by a LWV member who is not a Brookfield resident, Lieb said. Each candidate will be allowed one minute for both an opening and closing statement.

During the presidential forum, both candidates will have time to answer all of the questions asked by the moderator. Trustee candidates will be asked questions on a rotating basis, but all will have an equal opportunity and time, said Lieb, to respond to questions.

Lieb got her start as a volunteer for the League passing out pencils and note cards for audience questions at a Brookfield forum years ago, and said the events are valuable for voters.

“An educated voter is the best voter out there,” Lieb said.

Riverside candidate
meet and greet

There are no contested elections for village office in Riverside in 2017, but the slate running unopposed for Riverside president and trustee seats will appear at a Meet the Candidates event on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Quiet Reading Room of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Those appearing at the event will be incumbent village presidential candidate Ben Sells and trustee candidates Doug Pollock, Liz Peters and Wendell Jisa. Refreshments will be served.

LTHS D204 forum announced

In addition, the League of Women Voters will host a forum featuring candidates running to be on the school board in Lyons Township High School District 204 on Thursday, March 23 in the Performing Arts Center of LTHS’ South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs.

The format of the forum will be similar to that of the Brookfield trustees’ forum, Lieb said. Residents of the district can send questions that may be asked of the candidates at the forum to

There are five candidates running for four 4-year terms on the school board. Just one of the candidates is a newcomer, William Cassidy of Willow Springs, who earlier this year survived a nominating petition challenge that could have barred him from the ballot.

The other four running are all incumbents, including school board President Thomas Cushing, of LaGrange, and board members Jessica McLean, of LaGrange; Molly Murphy, of Western Springs; and George Dougherty, of LaGrange.