Ballot set for April 9 primary election
The ballot for the April 9 primary election is now set.
The spring ballot includes several notable races, including what could be a lively run for Rockford mayor. Democrat Jim Hughes and Michael Kleen (R), are challenging Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) for the city’s top job.
Nine seats on the Rockford City Council are being contested, while 13 candidates have filed to run for the Rockford Board of Education.
Longtime educator and BOE member, 96-year-old Alice Saudargas, is challenging incumbent Ken Scrivano in Subdistrict C.
Scrivano unseated Saudargas in 2011.
Races and candidates on the Tuesday, April 6 ballot:
Mayor of Rockford
Democrat — James Hughes
Republican — Michael Kleen
Independent — Larry Morrissey (incumbent)
Note: Former restaurant owner, Anthony Foreman, was set to face Hughes in a February primary before having his name removed from the ballot Monday, Dec. 10.
The City of Rockford Board of Election Commissioners ruled that Foreman made an error in filing his petition for candidacy. The ruling came after an objection to Foreman’s petition was filed by Hughes backer, Roger Jansen.
Rockford Board of Education
Subdistrict A (4-year term) — Lisa Jackson (incumbent) and Dion Simpson
Subdistrict B (2-year term) — Tim Rollins (incumbent)
Subdistrict C (4-year term) — Ken Scrivano (incumbent) and Alice Saudargas
Subdistrict D (2-year term) — Jude Makulec (incumbent)
Note: Real estate broker Steve Noll filed to run against Makulec in Subdistrict D, but withdrew from the race Dec. 28.
Subdistrict E (2-year term currently held by Ronnell Moore) — Michael Harner and Kim Mullins
Subdistrict F (4-year term currently held by Harmon Mitchell) — Michael Connor, Jeff Holt and Juan Reyes
Subdistrict G (4-year term) — Jaime Escobedo and Laura Powers (incumbent)
Rockford City Council
Ward 1 — Brian Jenkins Leggero (R), incumbent Timothy Durkee (R) and Paul Frey (I)
Ward 2 — Stan Smith (R), Jamie Getchius (R), Melvin Miller (D) and Elliott Kallstrom (I)
Ward 3 — Thomas P. McNamara (D), incumbent Doug Mark (R) and Maurice A. West II (I)
Ward 4 — Kevin Frost (R) and Peter Scordato (R)
Ward 5 — Incumbent Venita Hervey (D)
Ward 6 — Incumbent Lenny Jacobson (D), Vernon Hilton (D) and Pamela Connell (R)
Ward 7 — Incumbent Ann Thompson-Kelly (D)
Ward 8 — Incumbent Nancy Johnson (D) and Jeanne Oddo (D)
Ward 9 — Beverly J. Giorgi (I), Peter Herdklotz (I) and Teena M. Newburg (I)
Ward 10 — Incumbent Frank Beach (R)
Ward 11 — Incumbent Karen Elyea (D), Tuffy Quinonez (D), Dyanna Chandler (D) and Jaime J. Salgado (I)
Ward 12 — Incumbent John Beck (R)
Ward 13 — Incumbent Linda McNeely (D) and David J. Lickteig (I)
Ward 14 — Joseph V. Chiarelli (R)
Rock Valley College Board of Trustees
(Choose three candidates for six-year terms)
Lynn Kearney, Frank Haney, Walter P. Chimiak, Christoffer Banks, Patrick Murphy, Richard W. Mowris, Colin Grennan, Romero L. Bennett, Ray Montelongo, Peter S. Scordato and Michael D. Olson
Mayor of Loves Park
Incumbent Darryl Lindberg, John Pruitt and Marvin Koch Jr.
Loves Park City Council (4-year term)
Ward 1 — Incumbent Clint Little and Dave Steffen
Wart 2 — Incumbent Charles Frykman and David Soll
Ward 3 — Robert Schlensker, Ron Adams, Douglas Miller, Eric Stromberg and Mark Rydberg
Ward 4 — Incumbent John Jacobson and Christie Schwartzlow
Ward 5 — Incumbent A. Marie Holmes
Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners
2-year term (one seat available) — Julianne Elliott and incumbent Nate Martin
6-year term (two seats available) — Incumbent Jack Armstrong and imcumbent Ian Linnabary
Rockton Hononegah School Board
4-year term (four seats available) — Incumbents Bob Geddeis and Sandy Fordell; and Marc Kuney
2-year term (one seat available) — Incumbent Dianne LaForge and David Wright
Machesney Park Harlem School Board
4-year term (four seats) — Incumbents Patti Lawrence, Jacquelyn Ruch and Evelyn Meeks; and Sue Berogan, Jamero “Jay” Hughes, Travis T. Turner and Paula Whiteaker
2-year term (one seat) — Incumbent George Russell and Ginger Eterno
Michael Chamberlain, Andrew Racz, Mark Sanderson and Ed Marx
Incumbent Shauna Arco and Joanne Riley
Ric Brereton Jr.
Ward 1 — Incumbent Clint Morris
Ward 2 — Samantha Brown and Verla Olson
Ward 3 — Tom Ratcliffe
Ward 4 — Frank Egan and incumbent George Crawford
Ward 5 — Chris Berner and James Campbell
Supervisor — Incumbent Patrick Murphy and Les Reid
Clerk — Incumbent Judy Schabacker and Lydia Gonzalez
Assessor — Incumbent Diann Helnore and Tami Torrance
Highway Commissioner — Kenneth McBee and incumbent Richard Lee
Trustees (four seats) — Richard Nelson, Cathy Ward, Kathy Grover, incumbent Robert Turner, incumbent Bill Robertson, Patrick Whitehead, Kevin Swezey, Robert Smuszkiewicz and Dolores Puplava
Village of Cherry Valley
President — JoAnn Hudson and incumbent Jim Claeyssen
Trustees (three seats) — Incumbent Scott Kramer, incumbent Gary Maitland, incumbent David Schroeder, Jeff Fuston, John Falzone and Nancy Belt
Village of Poplar Grove
President — Incumbent John Neitzel
Clerk — Incumbent Martha Suhr
Trustees (three seats) — Incumbents Don Bawden and Judi Zangs; and Owen Costanza
Belvidere School Board (five seats)
Stacy McGowan, William Baird, Robert Torbert, Dana LaPier, Karla Maville, Kelly Diamond and incumbent Larry Cunningham