Virtual forums set for Barrington-area candidates in April 6 election

Daily Herald report
Updated 2/17/2021 4:53 PM

The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area and the Barrington Area Library are hosting a series of virtual forums for candidates in several Barrington-area races in the April 6 election.

The first three are set for Saturday, March 6. Barrington Hills village president candidates Brian D. Cecola and Dennis Kelly are scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. Cate Williams will moderate. To register, visit


From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Kim Inman will moderate a discussion with Barrington Hills trustee candidates Brent Joseph Burval, Laura S. Ekstrom, Paula Jacobsen, David Riff, Thomas W. Strauss and Robert M. Zubak. To register, visit

And from 1 to 2 p.m., North Barrington trustee candidates Jackie Andrew, Kevin Horcher, Patty Kalinowski, Robin Kelleher, Jay Murphy, Martin Pais, Ralf Siemens will take part in a forum moderated by Inman. To register, visit

A forum for Barrington Area Unit School District 220 candidates is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13. The field includes William Betz, Erin Chan Ding, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, Katie Karam, Lauren Berkowitz Klauer, Jonathan Matta, Malgorzata McGonigal, Thomas J. Mitoraj, Michael Shackleton, Alex Strobl, Steve Wang and Robert Windon. To register, visit

That forum will be followed from 4 to 5 p.m. that day by one for Barrington Area Library board candidates Josie Croll, Jennifer J. Lucas, Anne Ordway and Denise Tenyer. To register, visit

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"Candidate forums are an ideal way to see and hear your community leaders and their opponents explain their views, defend their voting record, and answer questions posed by our fellow citizens," Vicki Martin, co-president of the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area, said in an announcement of the events Tuesday.

All candidate forums are run by trained, nonpartisan moderators. Equal time is given to all candidates to answer each question. The candidates will have two minutes to present an opening statement, in turn, by number drawn. Submitted questions will be vetted in advance by the league.

Candidates who are unable to participate will be allowed to submit a three-minute statement that will be read by the moderator.

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