Township races promising fireworks in DuPage

Updated 12/22/2016 6:36 PM

Municipal and school board races won't be the only contests worth watching during the spring election.

There's also expected to be some drama among the contests to decide who will oversee our park districts, libraries and especially townships.


This year, for example, Republicans in Naperville, Winfield and Wayne townships will use a Feb. 28 primary to winnow their fields before the general election in April.

As a result, voters will pick the GOP nominees for every township post, including supervisor, assessor, highway commissioner and clerk. The primary winners will face the Democratic Party nominees April 4.

The most crowded Republican primary will be in Naperville Township, where 16 candidates have emerged for eight available seats.

Supervisor Rachel Ossyra must defeat challenger Walter Reilly if she wants the party's nod for her current position. Another incumbent in a top post -- Clerk Barry Greenberg -- also has a challenger.

Greenberg faces a challenge from Tom Laz.

In addition, there are 10 GOP candidates seeking four township trustee seats.

Two incumbent trustees -- Kerry Malm and Paul Santucci -- have filed to retain their seats. The eight others who filed for township trustee are Kurt Dorr, Cathy Hanzelin, Chris Jacks, William Lueck, Dan Porter, Jim Ruhl, Ernest Kovacs and Heather Bejda.

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After the primary, a nearly full slate of Democrats will be waiting.

The Democratic nominees for the top township posts are Eddie G. Bedford for supervisor, Nate Sippel for clerk, and Richard Novinger for highway commissioner. Loretta Burke, John Waller, Glenn Jones and Julie Federico are the Democratic candidates for township trustee.

In Wayne and Winfield townships, the hottest GOP primary contests will be for supervisor.

Former state Rep. Randy Ramey and fellow Republican Art Pierscionek are vying to become the Wayne Township supervisor. Whoever wins the primary isn't expected to have a Democratic opponent in April.

And in Winfield Township, four Republicans want to be their party's nominee for supervisor: incumbent Dona L. Smith and challengers Robert Greer, Dave Tornga and Bonnie Hollingsworth. No Democrats are expected to seek office in Winfield Township.

Republicans in Addison, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove, Lisle, Milton and York townships picked their nominees during recent caucuses. Democrats also used the caucus process to choose their township candidates.

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