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Local Elections 2021: Who filed and who didn’t for every race in The Record’s coverage area

Election filings are in and come with a few surprises just in time for the holidays.

Candidates who wished to run in the April 6, 2021 election had to file appropriate paperwork by Monday, Dec. 21. The last day to file an objection to the filings is Dec. 19, while the last day to withdraw from a local election is Jan. 28.

The Record has compiled a summary of the filings in its coverage area. In advance of April 2021, The Record will publish candidate profiles and election previews.

As previously reported, there will be plenty of turnover at top leadership positions throughout the area, as four village presidents will not seek re-election.

Northfield Village President Joan Frazier, who a week ago said she would run for re-election, did not file an application. She did not comment on the change of course as of press time.

The Northfield Caucus selected Trustee Greg Lungmus as its village president candidate instead of Frazier, a first-term village president and trustee since 2007.

The Kenilworth village presidency, however, will be a contested election if the filings hold.

Trustee Cecily Kaz and Paul O’Connor both applied for the open seat that will be vacated by Ann Potter in 2021.

Kaz is the selection of the Kenilworth Citizens Advisory Committee.

Two individuals will challenge the slate of candidates picked by the caucus for the New Trier High School Board of Education.

Julie Cho, who ran against Ill. State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18th) in 2018, and Dr. Chad Prodromos, an orthopedic surgeon from Winnetka, will be on the ballot with caucus-selected Keith Dronen, the only incumbent who filed; Kim Alcantara, a lawyer and former member of the Wilmette District 39 School Board; Avik Kumar Das, a juvenile probation officer from Glenview; and Sally Tomlinson, a board member with Winnetka Community Nursery School.

Cho also filed for the Wilmette Public Library Board of Trustees.

Based on the filings, Wilmette races will be the most contentious, with the Park Board leading the way.

Nine candidates filed for three open seats on the Wilmette Park Board.

Only one of the nine, Bryan Abbott, is an incumbent. The others are: Patrick Duffy, Andrew Levy, Mark Schumacher, Kara Kosloskus, Rich DeLeo, Walter Keats, Allison Frazier and Michael Doyle.

For the Wilmette Village Board, five residents petitioned for three spots. Incumbents Peter Barrow and Kathy Dodd are running for re-election, while Kate Gjaja, Brian Locke and Justin Shepard also entered the race.

Trustees Joel Kurzman and Senta Plunkett are running for village president to replace Bob Bielinski, who has served the maximum two terms.

Five residents will vie for four seats on the Wilmette District 39 Board of Education, as incumbents Lisa Schneider-Fabes and Jon Cesaretti are joined by Jane Hong Shissler, Bonnie Kim and Anne Hart.

Incumbents Mark Steen and Ellen Sternweiler did not file for re-election.

Staying in Wilmette, the Library Board will feature six residents battling for three seats. Newcomers Julie Cho, Mary Anne O’Keefe, Tracy E. Sommer and Patricia Nealon filed along with incumbents Stuart Wolf and Ronald C. Rodgers. Dan Johnson did not file for re-election.

SUMMARY FOR ALL RACES (i=incumbent; c=caucus candidate)
Wilmette Village President — One seat for two applicants: Joel Kurzman and Senta Plunkett
Incumbent not running: Bob Bielinski

Wilmette Village Board — Three seats for five applicants: Peter Barrow (i), Kathy Dodd (i), Kate Gjaja, Brian Locke and Justin Shepard
Incumbents not running: Joel Kurzman

Wilmette Park Board — Three seats for nine applicants: Bryan Abbott (i), Patrick Duffy, Andrew Levy, Mark Schumacher, Kara Kosloskus, Rich DeLeo, Walter Keats, Allison Frazier and Michael Doyle.
Incumbents not running: Gordon Anderson (board president) and Amy Wolfe

Wilmette Library Board— Three seats for six applicants: Julie Cho, Mary Anne O’Keefe, Tracy E. Sommer, Patricia Nealon, Ronald Rodgers (i) and Stuart Wolf (i)
Incumbent not running: Dan Johnson

Wilmette D39 School Board — Four seats for five applicants: Lisa Schneider-Fabes (i), Jon Cesaretti (i), Jane Hong Shissler, Bonnie Kim and Anne Hart
Incumbents not running: Mark Steen and Ellen Sternweiler

Avoca D37 School Board — Four seats for three applicants: Gil Gibori (i), Ami Desai Das and Cecilia Dunn. (One board member will need to be appointed.)
Incumbents not running: Rick Zelinsky (board president), Jamie Taylor and Dan Garbis 

Winnetka Village President — One seat for one applicant: Chris Rintz (i, c)

Winnetka Village Council — Three seats for three applicants: Andrew Cripe (i, c), Robert Dearborn (i, c) and Kim Mancini (c)
Incumbent not running: Jack Coladarci

Winnetka Park Board — Three seats for three applicants: Warren James (i, c), Eric Lussen (i, c) and Colleen Root (c)
Incumbent not running: Teresa Claybrook

Winnetka-Northfield Library Board — Five seats for five applicants: Melissa Mitchell (c), Sarah Munoz (i, c), Jean-Paul Ruiz-Funes (i, c), Thomas Sundell (c) and Todd Van Neck (c)
Incumbents not running: Katherine Casale MacNally, Raheela Gill Anwar and Brian Johnson

Winnetka D36 School Board — Three seats for three seats: Steve Cirulis (i, c), Dan Waters (c) and Alyssa Rapp (c)
Incumbents not running: Nat Roberts and Scott Conine

Glencoe Village President — One seat for one applicant: Howard James Roin (c)
Incumbent not running: Larry Levine

Glencoe Village Board — Three seats for three applicants: Gary Ruben (i, c), Gail Lissner (i, c) and Dudley Onderdonk (c)
Incumbent not running: Barbara Miller

Glencoe Park Board — Three seats for three applicants: Stefanie Boron (i, c), Brandon Hinkle (c) and Bart Schneider (c)
Incumbents not running: Dudley Onderdonk and Josh Lutton

Glencoe D35 School Board — Four seats for four applicants: Enna Allen (c), Marcus W. Gale (i, c), Kelly Prout Glauberman (i, c) and Joshua R. Markus (c)
Incumbents not running: Ashley Kain Silver and Melissa Estes

Glencoe Library Board — Five seats for five applicants: Bruce Ronner (i, c), Laura Solon (i, c), John Tuohy (i, c), Michael Pope (c) and Beth Schnecker (c)
Incumbents not running: Kathy Doyle (board president) and Teresa Grosch

Kenilworth Village President — One seat for two applicants: Cecily Kaz (c) and Paul O’Connor
Incumbent not running: Ann Potter

Kenilworth Village Clerk — One seat for one applicants: Michael Gagnon (c)
Incumbent not running: Patrick Garvey

Kenilworth Village Board — Three seats for four applicants: Walter Kelly (c), Christopher Ottsen (c), Amelia Hannus (c) and Marjorie MacLean
Incumbents not running: Jeff Bedwell, Scott Lien and Cecily Kaz

Kenilworth Park Board — Three seats for three applicants: John Hart (i, c), Emily D’Souza (i, c) and Stacey Sunderland (i, c)

Kenilworth D38 School Board — Four seats for four applicants: Ashish Kaura (c), Stephen N. Potter (i, c), Paul W. Anderson (c) and William S. Graham (i, c)
Incumbents not running: John Gottschall and Andrew Stone

Kenilworth Library Board — Four seats for four applicants: Julia Atkin (c), Alexandra Buck (c), Peter Driscoll (c) and Kathryn Kirrish (c)
Incumbents not running are: Kay Alexander, Kathleen Lyman, Betsy Moerschel and Betsy Kilroy

Northfield Village President — One seat for one applicant: Gregory J. Lungmus (c)
Incumbent not running: Joan Frazier

Northfield Village Board — Three seats for three applicants: Matthew A. Galin (c), Barnaby Dinges (c) and Tracey Mendrek (c)
Incumbents not running: Gregory J. Lungmus, John Goodwin and Thomas Terill

Sunset Ridge D29 School Board —Three seats for four applicants: Nancy Detlefsen, Holt Zeidler (c), Abigayil Joseph (c) and Samuel Dotzler (c)
Incumbents not running: Bill Hayes and Anne Peterson

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