District 118 candidates cite different motivations for running

Updated 3/1/2017 4:40 PM

The candidates seeking seats on the Wauconda Unit District 118 school board have different motivations for running in the April 4 election.

Five hopefuls are competing for four seats. All four seats carry 4-year terms.


The candidates are incumbents Carey McHugh, Brian Swanson, Sam Stein and David A. Patterson and challenger Vincent J. Torossy. They talked about why they're running and other issues in questionnaires for the Daily Herald.

McHugh, a board member since 2007, said she wants to continue serving the schools and community. She cited pension reform, state testing requirements and the state's funding formula for schools as her top issues.

Patterson, a school trustee since 2013, said he's running because he feels there's "still a lot more than can be done" by the board.

He supports establishing all-day kindergarten classes instead of partial-day classes and believes the early child care program needs improvement.

Student and staff safety is a concern for Patterson, too. He called for staff training and safety inspections in all buildings.

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Stein, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in January, said he's running because he wants to serve the community.

Stein said the district should expand technology-based classes, and he supports the current program that gives most students laptops to complete coursework.

Swanson, a board member since 2003, said he isn't pushing a specific issue or agenda, other than "to represent the community and do what's best for the kids." He said he wants to continue building on the board's accomplishments and "provide future opportunities for student excellence."

Swanson also said officials should promote retail and industrial growth in the district to increase property-tax revenue.

Torossy said he's focused on providing opportunities for achievement and "intellectual growth." He'd like the district to team with local businesses to create technical programs for students, and he'd also like to see more Advanced Placement classes offered in science, math, English and history.

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