By Bob Uphues
Anyone who believes his vote doesn't count can simply take a look at what's happening over in the village of Stickney, where Cook County Clerk David Orr on May 1 will preside over a coin flip to determine the third and final trustee elected to that village's board.
The county clerk on April 30 cerified the results of the April 9 election and determined that there was a tie for the third contested trustee position in Stickney. And there's a Riverside-Brookfield Landmark area tie to the election as it turns out.
Deadlocked at 573 votes apiece were incumbent trustee Lea Torres and challenger David DeLeshe — who is also vice president of the Brookfield-Lyons Elementary School District 103 Board of Education. DeLeshe was part of a slate of candidates calling themselves the Stickney Reform Party. The opposing slate from the Stickney Community Action Party, were all incumbents.
By the looks of it, the upstart reform party made some significant inroads. The party's presidential candidate, Debbie Morelli, defeated incumbent president Daniel O'Reilly. That race was also very tight, decided by just seven votes. Also getting elected from the reform slate was trustee candidate James E. Lazansky, who also happens to be the father of Riverside police officer Jim Lazansky.