Incumbent and two newcomers elected to District 220 school board

An incumbent and two newcomers landed four-year terms on the Barrington Area Unit District 220 school board in Tuesday's election.

Five candidates competed for three open seats on the board. The only incumbent, Angela Wilcox, was joined on the ballot by Leah Collister-Lazzari, Mathew Gray, Eva Cole and Barry Altshuler.

Unofficial results with two precincts remaining to be counted in Cook County show Wilcox with 4,473 votes, followed by Altshuler at 3,300 and Collister-Lazzari with 3,092. Gray had 2,657 votes and Cole had 2,065 tallies.

Wilcox said she appreciated the strong support of the District 220 voters Tuesday.

"I definitely haven't been biased in any of my decisions," Wilcox said. "I've been very taxpayer accountable."

Wilcox, 44, an intellectual property attorney who is president of her own firm, said she has a track record for being fiscally responsible since she was elected to the board in 2015. She said she's been focused on maintaining and growing an educational environment that allows students to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Collister-Lazzari, 53, is an attorney who also is a real estate broker and family-business owner.

Altshuler, a 61-year-old pediatrician, said he'd add a "kid-first" perspective on the board. He said he's followed issues and has experienced District 220 through his children attending its schools.

Veteran board members Brian Battle and Joseph Ruffolo did not seek re-election. Wilcox said board members will "feel a big loss" without Battle and Ruffolo, who have been leaders on many issues.

Cole, 56, a senior financial analyst, and the 41-year-old Gray, 41, who owns a business, made their first attempts to get on the school board.

Leah Collister-Lazzari
Barry Altshuler
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