Nicole Gilhooley

With three incumbents, including the village president, prohibited from running for re-election due to term limits, Brookfield voters will be confronting some new choices when they go to the polls next spring.

Offices up for election next spring in Brookfield include the village president, clerk and three trustees, and Village President Kit Ketchmark along with trustees Michael Garvey and Nicole Gilhooley will have completed two consecutive terms next April.

That means they can’t run again for those offices, though it doesn’t preclude them from running for another. For example, Garvey served two terms as village president from 2005-13 before immediately running for trustee for two more terms.

But, it’s unclear what direction Garvey, Ketchmark or Gilhooley will be headed for in 2021 and the political organization – the People’s Economy Party, or PEP for short – isn’t saying who they’ll be running yet.

“We intend to announce a slate by the end of October,” said Ketchmark, who declined to name those candidates the party is considering. “There’s going to be new faces one way or another.”

Ketchmark also declined to say if he was contemplating a run for another office in 2021.

It’d seem likely that Trustee Edward Cote, who is finishing up his first term in office, would be part of PEP’s slate of candidates, although he declined to say either way when asked by the Landmark.

Also eligible to run for another term is Village Clerk Brigid Weber, another PEP member who was appointed to the office in 2015 following the death of Cathy Colgrass Edwards. After serving out the final two years of Edwards’ term, Weber won a full four-year term in 2017. She previously served as clerk from 2006-13.

Weber also declined to say whether she was planning on a run for re-election.

“We are announcing our slate next month,” Weber said in response to an inquiry from the Landmark.

If there are any challengers coming from outside of PEP in 2021, they have not announced their intentions publicly.

The only other active Brookfield political committee registered with the Illinois State Board of Elections is the Brookfield Community Party, which fielded an unsuccessful slate of three candidates for trustee in 2019 and has been off the radar since.

Mark Rogers, who ran on the Brookfield Community Party slate in 2019 said he hasn’t decided on whether he’ll run again. Another member of that slate, Joshua Jones, has since moved out of Brookfield.

“I have not heard of any individual/group running,” Rogers said in a text message.

Residents may begin to find out soon who might be running in 2021, because candidates have been eligible to circulate nominating petitions since Sept. 22. Petitions must be filed with the village clerk’s office between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 for a candidate to be placed on the ballot.

Pollock, Jisa seeking another term

Meanwhile, there’s a little more clarity about who might be running for the three village trustee spots up for election in April 2021 in Riverside.

Last week, incumbents Doug Pollock and Wendell Jisa confirmed they are interested in another term as trustees. The third seat currently is held by Patricia Collins, who was appointed to replace Elizabeth Peters, who resigned earlier this year because she moved out of state.

Collins, who served as trustee from 2013-17, told the Landmark she is not interested in running for trustee in 2021.

Joseph Ballerine, a former two-plus term trustee, confirmed last month that he would be running for village president with Ben Sells deciding against seeking a third term.

Jisa, who is CEO of a computer software firm, won an uncontested election for his first term as trustee in 2017. 

“I plan on running at this time,” said Jisa.

Pollock, whose day job is serving as village administrator in Burr Ridge, would be seeking a third consecutive term as trustee, having won uncontested elections in both 2013 and 2017. Asked if he was running for another term, Pollock responded that he was participating in the Riverside Community Caucus’ candidate recruitment process.

“I have let them know that I will volunteer and would be honored once again to be a candidate for trustee, if needed,” Pollock said in an email.

There reportedly are a half dozen or so people who have expressed interest in being nominated by the caucus and have interviewed with caucus’ recruiting committee. 

The Riverside Community Caucus will hold a community forum featuring all of the candidate hopefuls on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall. The caucus will then meet privately to choose people they wish to nominate for trustee and president.

Those who are not picked by the caucus could go on to run independently, if they chose to do so.

Riverside does not have an elected village clerk. Voters did away with electing a clerk back in 2004 after a revolving door of five people served in that position between 1999 and 2004.