School, library board races contested

Village president, trustee candidates only ones facing no opposition on April 6

Hinsdale residents will see three contested races when they head to the polls to elect village, school and library board members on Tuesday, April 6. A total of 22 candidates are running for 11 open seats on two school boards and the library board. The village president and village board races are not contested.

District 181

In Community Consolidated District 181, five people have filed for three open four-year terms on the board, according to the DuPage County clerk’s office.

They are incumbent Bill Cotter and newcomers Jason Bier, Virginia Malinas, Michael Martin and Grace Shin.

Incumbent Margie Kleber and Christine Dannhausen-Brun will run for an unexpired two-year term.

Board members Nathan Lucht and Meeta Patel, whose terms expire in 2021, are not running for re-election.

Lucht said increased demands on his time — personally and professionally — are one reason he is not seeking a second term. He also believes he has met his personal mottos of leaving a place better than he found it and giving back to the places that have given to him.

“I think we’ve accomplished a lot in the time Margie, Meeta and I have been on the board,” he said.

District 86

In Hinsdale High School District 86, 10 people have filed for four open seats on the board.

They are incumbents Kevin Camden, T.J. Edwards and Marty Turek and newcomers Justin Baron, Peggy James, Debra Levinthal, Mark Pinnow, Karen Shannon, Terri Walker and Jeff Waters.

Board member Keith Chval is not seeking re-election. He said he always intended to serve a single term.

“A significant component of why I originally ran was in hopes of building on the momentum of the functional, positive boards that had started with the majority that was in place with the (Bill) Carpenter, (Jennifer) Planson and (Kathleen) Hirsman slate taking office,” he said.

He believes he has done so and plans to focus on his professional life, as he has recently assumed sole leadership of his company.

Library board

Five individuals are running for four open seats on the Hinsdale Public Library Board, according to Christine Bruton, Hinsdale village clerk.

They are incumbents Mary Bock, Amy Glynn and Kristen McDaniel and challengers Richard Munson and Ryan Trombly.

Susan Blumberg-Kason, who said she is proud of the work she did as chair of the arts committee in her four-year term on the board, has decided not to run again.

“I believe that people need to rotate out, because I don’t think it’s always good to have the same people in board positions,” she said. “Then new ideas don’t come up.”

Village president, trustees

Tom Cauley will run uncontested for his fourth term as village president. A member of the Hinsdale Village board from 2007-09, he was first elected president in April 2009.

The village board race is uncontested as well, with incumbents Neale Byrnes and Matt Posthuma running with newcomer Michelle Fisher for three open seats.

Trustee Jerry Hughes has decided not to run.

The filing deadline for candidates was Dec. 21.

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean