Election filings show several contested Niles races
Updated: March 4, 2013 1:50AM
NILES — Niles voters are expected to see several contested races when they hit the polls this April, from the Village Board to the Library Board.
Dec. 26 was the last day to file nominating petitions for the April 9 election. The period for filing objections to any petitions is taking place this week.
Seats up for election on the Niles Village Board of Trustees are currently held by Louella Preston, Jim Hynes and Andrew Przybylo.
Przybylo is running for village president, leading a slate called the New Niles Party 2013 that includes trustee candidates George Alpogianis, Danette Matyas and John Jekot.
Trustee Chris Hanusiak is also running for village president with the Responsible Leadership for Niles Party. Trustee candidates within that party include incumbents Preston and Hynes, as well as Mary Marusek who ran for trustee in 2011.
On the Niles Library Board, with two seats up for election, Karen Dimond has filed to retain her seat and newcomers Billy VanCannon and Carolyn Drblik have also filed.
Current East Maine School District 63 board members with terms up are President Jane Wojtkiewicz, Walter Gluzkin, Krystal Zec and Sheila Urban. Gluzkin, Zec and Urban have filed petitions today for re-election and new candidates Zeev Walny and Alexandra Brook also filed petitions.
In Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, six candidates are vying for four open seats. They are incumbent Scott Zimmerman and newcomers Terry Cameron, Rick Van Roeyen, Vicki Lee, Benjamin Seib and Dathan Paterno,
Not running for re-election are District 64 board members Pat Fioretto, Sharon Lawson and Eric Uhlig. All three were first elected to the board in 2009.
In Maine Township High School District 207 there is a crowded field of candidates vying for five open seats. The candidates include incumbents Eldon Burk, Eric Leys, Margaret McGrath and Carla Owen, and newcomers Mary Childers, Jin Lee, Jeffrey Spero and Sean Story. Childers and Leys have filed for both a four-year term and the one two-year term that exists. They will need to withdraw from one of those races, according to district spokesman David Beery.
Not running for re-election in District 207 is Edward Mueller.
New faces are squaring off against longtime board members for three open seats on the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education. The candidates include incumbents Robert Silverman, Ruth Klint and Lynda Smith, and newcomers Orrin Joffe and Mitchell Steinberg.
There will also be a contested race for four trustee positions and the office of clerk on the Maine Township Town Board.
The board’s current incumbents have filed for re-election as a Republican slate. They include Carol Teschky for supervisor, Gary Warner for Clerk, Tom Rueckert for assessor, Robert Provenzano for highway commissioner and trustees Walter Kazmierczak, Susan Moylan-Krey, Laura Morask and Peter Gialamas.
On the Democrat side, Laura O’Donovan will face Warner in the clerk’s race. Trustee candidates include Judith Foster, Abraham Lee, Carol Sue Walker and James Wozny.
Uncontested races are on the Niles School District 71 Board of Education, the Niles Park Board and the Niles Township Town Board.
In District 71 the terms for President Patrick Byrne, Secretary Mary Krueger and members Matthew Holbrook and John Zuckerman are up this spring. Two petitions were filed on the first day, which were from Holbrook and new candidate Jill Astbury-Brocar. Matt Glancy also filed for a spot on the District 71 board of education, leaving one open seat.
Terms expiring on the Niles Park District Board are currently held by Bill Terpinas, Dennis O’Donovan and Julie Genualdi. Each has filed to seek re-election.
On the Niles Township Board incumbents Lee Tamraz, supervisor; Scott Bagnall, assessor; Charles Levy, clerk; and trustees Marilyn Glazer, Mark Collins and Donald Gelfund are all running for re-election. In addition, newcomer Anthony Lundin is running for the fourth trustee seat.
Information on the Golf-Maine Park District Board race and filings for the Golf School District 67 Board of Education were not immediately available.