Filing deadline over for suburban candidates, with some towns in line for plenty of choices
Heavy competition has emerged for elected positions in some suburbs after Monday's deadline for candidates to get their names on the April 2 ballot.
In the quirky category, Wheeling Village President Pat Horcher's daughter, Asher, filed paperwork to seek a trustee seat. Asher Horcher -- who also filed as a high school senior in 2013 before withdrawing ahead of Election Day -- is among six candidates vying for three, 4-year trustee terms.
Buffalo Grove voters will have plenty of choices in April, with Village President Beverly Sussman locking horns with former Trustee Mike Terson and seven candidates seeking three available village board seats.
Rachel Hausman Masse, Tim Kobler and Larry Steingold are running as a slate for village trustees. Incumbent trustees David Weidenfeld and Eric Smith also are seeking re-election, while Carolyn Pinta, Gregory Pike Jr., Adam Moodhe and Soojae Lee also have filed for village board seats.
In Mount Prospect, voters will see five candidates vying for three open 4-year village board trustee terms. On the ballot are incumbents Paul Hoefert, Richard Rogers and Colleen Saccotelli, and newcomers Yulia Bjekic and Agostino "Augie" Filippone.
Filippone, a member of Mount Prospect's planning and zoning commission, said his experience on the advisory panel has given him the chance to cut his teeth learning big-picture issues affecting the village.
"I think it's a pivotal time in Mount Prospect," he said. "I really feel there are a lot of things on the plate and we really have an opportunity to make a decision about how we as a village get to shape our future going forward long term."
Here's a roundup of who else filed to run for village board and mayoral seats. All of the seats carry 4-year terms:
Arlington Heights: Five candidates are vying for three trustee posts. They are 11-year incumbent John Scaletta and 5-year incumbent Robin LaBedz, along with Tom Schwingbeck Jr., Mary Beth Canty and Laurie Taylor.
Barrington: There will be a race for three seats, with incumbents Jason Lohmeyer and Ryan Julian and newcomers Kate Duncan and Emily Young filing.
Des Plaines: There is competition for aldermanic seats in three of four wards that are in play in April. State Rep. Martin Moylan's son, Colt Moylan, will face Earl Wilson in Ward 2, with Mark Setzer and Artur Zadrozny squaring off in Ward 4 and former council member Mark Walsten going against Alderman Malcolm Chester in Ward 6.
Andrew Goczkowski will be running alone in Des Plaines' Ward 8. Incumbents Jack Robinson (Ward 2), Dick Sayad (Ward 4) and Mike Charewicz (Ward 8) must step down due to term limits.
Elk Grove Village: Six candidates will be on the ballot seeking three seats. Julee Mortensen, who organized a "no hate" rally in the summer, filed her petitions Monday to join Trustees Nancy Czarnik and Sam Lissner and political newcomers Scott Saxe, Jeff Zieman and Stephen Schmidt, who is a former Elk Grove police chief.
North Barrington: Running for village president are incumbent Albert Pino and challenger Eleanor Sweet McDonnell. In the trustee race, incumbents Lawre Weiner and Janice Sauer are running with plan commission member Greg Rogus as representatives of a new local political party called Focus on North Barrington. Independent candidates are plan commission member Maria Peterson, Jay Murphy and Doug Ramsdale. Three posts are available.
Palatine: The only ones to file paperwork for village council were incumbents Scott Lamerand in District 2, Doug Myslinski in District 3 and Kollin Kozlowski in District 5.
Prospect Heights: Mayor Nicholas "Nick" Helmer will face a challenge from current Ward 2 Alderman Lawrence "Larry" Rosenthal. The only contested aldermanic race pits City Clerk Wendy Morgan-Adams and recent Chicago Executive Airport board member Betty Cloud in Ward 3.
Rolling Meadows: Running for mayor are incumbent Len Prejna, Ward 4 Alderman Joe Gallo, Ward 6 Alderman John D'Astice, and planning and zoning commission member Dave Whitney.
Five seats are up in the city's seven wards. Ward 3 Alderman Laura Majikes will be challenged by park board President Kevin O'Brien and former police department employee Deborah Banach. The Ward 5 contest will feature Glenn Adams, Jon Bisesi and Joe Szafran. Robert Williams will face Lara Sanoica in Ward 7.
Also filing were incumbents Mike Cannon (Ward 1) and Nick Budmats (Ward 2).
Rosemont: Incumbents Jack Dorgan and Karen Fazio filed, along with board of public safety Commissioner Steve Price for three seats.
South Barrington: Three incumbents, Hina Patel, Stephen Guranovich and Edgar Alvarado, are seeking three seats.
Streamwood: Incumbents James P. Cecille, Larry Schmidt and Mary F. Thon, along with Rezwanul Haque have filed for three seats.
Tower Lakes: Village President David Parro filed to get on the ballot. He's running unopposed.
Wheeling: The six trustee candidates vying for three seats are incumbents Ray Lang, Joe Vito and Dave Vogel, along with Asher Horcher, Maryann Liguori and Deborah Wilson.
• Staff writers Steve Zalusky, Eric Peterson and Christopher Placek contributed to this report.