Active township races part of April election potpourri
Lake County voters will get to decide more than their next municipal and school representatives in the April election.
They'll also vote for candidates for township, park and library district boards. As it stands, most of the action from that group will involve the townships.
The races for four-year political posts in Buffalo Grove-based Vernon Township are particularly crowded. Township board Trustee Robert C. Kelly and Daniel C. Didech are running for supervisor, a job now held by William E. Peterson. Peterson, who was elected as a Vernon Township trustee in the 1970s before moving up to supervisor, isn't running again.
Incumbent Bryant D. Schroeder and challenger Michael H. Lofstrom are running for Vernon highway commissioner.
Eight trustee candidates are running for four seats on the township board. They're divided into two slates.
Representing the Township Citizens Party are: incumbents Krystyna E. Luby, Kyle P. Steininger and Michael D. Theisen and newcomer James A. Kedroski.
Four candidates are running as Democrats, even though township races here typically don't involve the major parties. They are: Jonathan Altenberg, Roger Addelson, Philip Hirsh and Adam Broad.
Incumbent Township Clerk Barbara Barnabee and incumbent Assessor Gary P. Raupp are running unopposed for those posts.
Kelly, Schroeder, Barnabee and Raupp are part of the Township Citizens Party slate, too. Lofstrom is running as a Democrat.
In Lake Zurich-based Ela Township, two candidates are looking to replace Supervisor Lucy Prouty, who is not seeking re-election. Deer Park Mayor Bob Kellermann will face Ela Trustee Gloria Palmblad for the supervisor post.
Kellermann won't be in the April 4 mayoral election. He became mayor in 2009 after serving two years as a Deer Park trustee.
Palmblad was elected to the Ela Township board in 2013. She was Lake Zurich village clerk from 1999 through 2009.
At Round Lake Park-based Avon Township, Supervisor Lisa Rusch is being challenged by Democratic Lake County Board member Terry Wilke, who's heading the People Over Politics candidate slate.
Re-elected to the county board in November, Wilke said he owes it to voters to serve all four years in that position. He would be serving in two elected posts if he becomes Avon supervisor, but he said he does not foresee any conflicts.
"To that end," Wilke said Thursday, "I'm going to publicly pledge my (Avon) salary to cover the budget holes."
Avon's supervisor will receive a $53,000 base salary next year.
In Libertyville Township, voters will want to take extra care when selecting from the two supervisor candidates who will be on the ballot. Supervisor Kathleen M. O'Connor will face township Trustee Robin M. O'Connor. The women are not related.
Such a same-last-name election occurred in Vernon Township in 2004, when William Peterson kept his supervisor job by defeating Nancy Peterson.
Few library districts have contested races. One exception is at Lincolnshire-based Vernon Area Public Library, where incumbents Jay Kasten and Ed Acuba will be competing with Laura Caplin and Amarinder Grewal for two, 6-year terms.
Unincorporated Wildwood, near Grayslake, will have one of the few contested park board elections. On the ballot for two, 4-year terms on the Wildwood Park District board will be newcomers Becky Jante, Anna Nelson and David Rupp.
• Daily Herald staff writer Russell Lissau contributed to this report.