Few school board races contested, so far, in Kane, McHenry counties

Updated 12/16/2020 10:19 AM
The name of Huntley Unit School District 158 candidate Sean Cratty was misspelled in a previous version, and fellow candidate Lesli Melendy is an incumbent.

Few contested races have surfaced so far for school and college boards in Kane and McHenry counties in the April 6 consolidated election.

As of midafternoon Tuesday, races in Huntley Unit District 158, Elgin Community College and Crystal Lake District 47 are among the most competitive. Candidates began filing nominating petitions to be on the ballot Monday, and filing continues through Dec. 21.


All of the seats carry 4-year terms, except where otherwise noted.

Kane County

Four people are seeking two 6-year seats on the ECC board: Incumbents Jeffrey Meyer and Donna Redmer, and Joyce Fountain and Adriana Barriga-Green.

In Batavia Unit District 101, Craig Meadows, Aaron Kilburg, Sue Locke and Ronald Mathis filed. Locke is an incumbent. Four seats are available.

Dawn Martin, Veronica Noland and Melissa Owens submitted petitions for the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board. Owens and Noland are incumbents. There are three open seats.

There are four seats available in St. Charles Unit District 303. Jim Stombres, Kate Bell and Heidi Fairgrieve filed petitions. Fairgrieve is an incumbent.

Board President Taylor Egan and board member Dan Choi have filed in Geneva Unit District 304, where four seats are open.

Three people filed for the three seats in Burlington Central Unit District 301: Dornetria Hemphill, Junaid Afeef and Marc Falk.

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Incumbents Valerie Dykstra and Rich Kerns, and Julie Stone submitted petitions for the West Aurora Unit District 129 school board. Three seats are open.

Christine Birkett and incumbents Emmanuel Thomas and David Scarpino are running for Dundee Unit District 300 school board. There are three positions.

East Aurora Unit District 131 board President Annette Johnson and board member Daniel Barreiro are running. There are three seats available.

In Kaneland Unit District 302, incumbent Aaron Lawler is running for one of three 4-year terms. A 2-year term is also available.

McHenry County

Seven people are seeking four seats in Huntley District 158. They are Dana Dalton-Wiley, Susan Hochmuth, Laura Murray, Lesli Melendy, Paul Troy, Sean Cratty and Katherine Policheri. Troy, Melendy and Cratty are incumbents.

Six people are seeking four seats in Crystal Lake District 47. They are incumbents Betsy Les, Jonathan Powell and Emily Smith, and Debra Barton, Daniel Palombit and Tim Mahaffy. Mahaffy is the superintendent of Fox River Grove District 3 but is retiring at the end of the school year.


In Fox River Grove District 3, David Gutierrez has filed for one of four seats available.

In Crystal Lake High School District 155, where four seats are available, four people have filed: David Secrest, Nicole Pavoris, Jason Blake and Ronald Ludwig. All are incumbents.

In Cary District 26, four people filed petitions for four seats: Anne Santucci, Anthony Stefani, Stacey Sault and incumbent Melinda Hartman.

Dale Morton has filed for one of two available seats on the McHenry County College board. Those seats are for 6-year terms.

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