Breaking News Bar
updated: 2/11/2013 3:26 PM

Kaneland write-in candidate couldn't serve if elected

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
 

Voters could have chosen Peter Lopatin of Sugar Grove as one of their next Kaneland school board trustees, but he would not have gotten to sit on the board.

The school board already has three trustees who live in Sugar Grove Township, the maximum allowed by state law for the unit school district. Lopatin, a write-in candidate, also lives in Sugar Grove Township, according to his Kane County voter registration record.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

If he was elected, the school board would not seat him, according to Superintendent Jeff Schuler. Instead, the next eligible candidate with the highest votes would be seated.

"I am disappointed, but remain interested in service to the community," Lopatin wrote in reply to a request for an interview on the matter.

Trustees Joe Oberweis, Teresa Witt and Tony Valente live in Sugar Grove Township. Their terms expire in 2015.

Incumbent Cheryl Krauspe, who is on the ballot, lives in Elburn, in Campton Township. Pedro Rivas, also on the ballot, lives in Blackberry Township. Write-in candidate Veronica Bruhl lives Elburn in Blackberry Township.

There are three, four-year terms available.

According to Ken Menzel, deputy counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, no one else from Sugar Grove Township should be seated when the new board convenes after the election.

According to the school board's policy manual, a board member's office becomes vacant if a "competent tribunal" declares the person's election void.

The Kaneland school district reaches into eight townships.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.