Quantity of area school board candidates uneven

Although 10 area school districts will have competitive races for their school boards, four don’t have enough candidates to fill the open seats, and five others have just enough.

In its Sunday edition, the Northwest Herald ran a list of candidates for area school boards. The list was not complete in part because of district offices being closed over the holiday. Following is a complete list of all the candidates who have filed petitions for the April 9 election.

On the ballot

(i) indicates incumbents

Listed in alphabetical order

Nippersink School District 2

Four openings:

Sharon Bianchini (i)

Dawn Heaney

Gary Kriz

Pierre Langlois (i)

Fox River Grove School Dist. 3

Four openings:

Timothy Hatfield

Michael Olencheck

Stephen Pickering (i)

Patrick Riley

Patrick Wall

Johnsburg School District 12

Four openings:

Karen M. Baird (i)

Gary S. Barla (i)

Jason Blumenthal

Linda Kvidera-Murphy

Thomas Low (i)

Michelle Martin (i)

Thomas J. Oeffling

McHenry Elementary School District 15

Four four-year terms:

Amanda Geyer

Patrick Miller (i)

Ted Pillow (i)

Kim Qualls (i)

Erik Sivertsen

One two-year term:

John O’Neill (i)

Riley School District 18

Four openings:

Tim Aubry (i)

Anita Mitchell (i)

Dawn Northcutt (i)

Alden-Hebron School District 19

Four openings:

Andy Madsen (i)

Chris Olson (i)

Sue Walters (i)

Cary School District 26

Four openings:

Christopher Christensen

Jennifer Crick

Scott Epstein

Josh Howell

Chris Jenner (i)

Julie Jette (i)

Floyd Myers (i)

Bruce Ritter

Bradley Slavik

Harrison School District 36

Three four-year terms:

Mellady S. Ahrens

Jeremy Bersie

Angela A. Hartfield

Karen M. Maye

Mark Nothdorf (i)

One two-year term:

Michael Jackiw (i)

Ronald J. Wenk

Prairie Grove School District 46

Four openings:

Laura Barker

John Bowman

Laura Domoto (i)

Charlotte Kremer (i)

Anna Olas

Margaret Ponga

Rick Salvo

Crystal Lake School District 47

Four openings:

Betsy Les

Jeff Mason (i)

Eileen Palsgrove

Donna Ricci

Rob Routzahn (i)

Ruth Scifo (i)

Harvard School District 50

Four openings:

Diana Bird (i)

Richard D. Crosby

Samuel Finfrock

Steve Garrels

Rebecca Klein (i)

Dennis Reilly

Richard F. Stoxen (i)

Marengo Community High School District 154

Four openings:

Jerald W. Darlington, Jr. (i)

Linda Dujmovich (i)

Scott Fillmore

Jodie Kanaly

Todd Volkening (i)

Community High School District 155

Four openings:

Gary Oberg (i)

Dave Secrest (i)

Ann Somers (i)

Ted Wagner (i)

McHenry High School District 156

Four openings:

Donald Cichoski

Ronald Fischer

Gary Kinshofer

Richmond-Burton Community High School District 157

One two-year term:

No candidate

Four four-year terms:

Michelle Graham (i)

John Schleibinger (i)

David Thomas (i)

Consolidated School Dist. 158

Four openings:

Donald Drzal (i)

Michael Fleck

Kimberly Skaja (i)

Paul Troy (i)

Marengo-Union Elementary School District 165

One two-year term:

Thomas Dujmovich (i)

Four four-year terms:

Megan Lopez

Tony Villarreal (i)

Gregory Wright (i)

John Wyrostek (i)

Woodstock School District 200

One two-year term:

David Shinherr (i)

Four four-year terms:

Carl Gilmore

Camille Goodwin (i)

Katherine Lechner (i)

Paul J. Meyer (i)

Bill Nattress

Michael Wellwerts

Community Unit School District 300

Three openings:

David Alessio (i)

Kathleen Burley

Anne Miller (i)

What happens to the empty spots: If the empty slots aren’t filled by write-in candidates, the newly elected boards will appoint someone to fill the seat. To register as a write-in candidate, residents must file a notarized declaration of intent with the McHenry County Clerk’s Office by Feb. 7. Forms are available at the clerk’s office, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. For information, call 815-334-4242.

• Reporter Chelsea McDougall contributed to this story.

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