Updated from original Dec. 17 post.
The 2012 Presidential Election is long over, but our local election season is just getting started.
The petitions have been submitted. Candidates for Orland Park Village, Orland School District 135, Consolidated High School District 230, Orland Fire Protection District and Orland Park Public Library boards, as well as Orland Park mayor and Orland Park village clerk, have thrown their hats into the ring.
Before the lists are finalized, a period now begins where people can object to a candidate's petition. Those questioning the legitimacy of petitions have until Jan. 4 to file claims with the respective taxing bodies, except for D230 which will be accepting until Jan. 3.
Frank Grabowski, who now serves as the Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education president, will not be seeking re-election.
John Carmody, the Orland School District 135 Board of Education president, did not file to run for mayor, despite his April announcement that he would run. Carmody has repeatedly declined to answer previous questions about whether he would follow through and run or not.
D135 board members Mary Bragg and Tom Cunningham were late entries in the election Wednesday, with both filing just before the cut off time at 5 p.m.
Other additions to the races include Larry Moran for the Orland Fire Protection District board. Moran serves as the Willow Springs fire chief. James McCague is running for library board, and four more candidates were added to the D230 race.
Here are all the candidates:
Orland Park Village Board (three open seats), Mayor and Village Clerk
- Dan McLaughlin (mayor, incumbent)
- John Mehalek (clerk)
- John Fotopoulos (board trustee)*
- James Dodge (board trustee, incumbent)
- Kathy Fenton (board trustee, incumbent)
- Brad O’Halloran (board trustee, incumbent)
*Fotopoulos is running as a Republican, and as part of an already-established party, had the option to submit petitions in November.
Orland School District 135 (four open seats)
- Michael Carroll
- Michael Maratea
- Laura Berry
- Sandra Kulak
- Nathan Jaisingh
- Ann Gentile (incumbent)
- Mary Bragg (incumbent)
- Tom Cunningham (incumbent)
Orland Fire Protection District (two open seats)
- John Brudnak
- Martin McGill (incumbent)
- Jayne Schirmacher
- Glenn Michalek (incumbent)
- Larry Moran
Consolidated High School District 230 (four open seats)
- Carol Baker (incumbent)
- Laura Murphy (incumbent)
- Ben Twietmeyer
- Kathleen Murphy-Peterson
- Melissa Gracias
- Tony Serratore
- Susan Dalton
- Anthony Catalano
Orland Park Public Library (two open seats)
- Diane Jennings (incumbent)
- Catherine Morrisey-Lebert (incumbent)
- Linda Zec-Prajka
- James McCague
Return to Orland Park Patch later for more information about the candidates.