Candidates from communities around Bureau County have thrown their hats into the ring for the April 9, 2013, consolidated election.
Among the contested races are mayoral races in Bureau Junction, Spring Valley, Tiskilwa and Wyanet. Contested trustee/commissioner/alderman races are set for Cherry, DePue, Malden, New Bedford, Spring Valley, Walnut and Princeton. DePue voters will also decide on a contested village clerk race.
The following is a partial list of candidates for village/city positions filed by Wednesday for the April 2013 election.
• Buda: Incumbents Pete DeFreezer and Lisa Aber are seeking re-election to the two open village trustee positions.
• Bureau Junction: Newcomers Timothy Shipp and Thomas Hollingsworth are both running for the village president position. Karen Podobinski is running for re-election as village clerk. Incumbents Kevin Curley and Sheryl Barnhart are seeking re-election as village trustees, with one trustee position still vacant.
• Cherry: Incumbent Robert McCook is seeking re-election as village president. Incumbent Howard Raef is seeking re-election as village clerk. Four candidates have filed petitions for three open village trustee seats. Those trustee candidates are incumbents Terry Templeton, Joseph Wenzel, Alan Hahn and newcomer Joseph Soldati.
• DePue: Incumbent Eric Bryant is seeking re-election as village president. Two candidates have filed for the village clerk position. They are incumbent Janeann Vickers and challenger Richard Hernandez. DePue has three open trustee seats with four candidates filing for those positions. The trustee candidates are incumbents Gerald Favero and Lyle Behm and newcomers William Laicoff and Charles Casford Jr.
• Malden: Incumbent Robert Turpen is seeking re-election as mayor. Four candidates have filed petitions for three open trustee positions. Those candidates are incumbents Roger Krueger and Brian Joiner and newcomers Wyndrum Stacey and Russell Stinar.
• Manlius: Newcomer Robin Hewitt is running for mayor. Incumbent Lori Roush is running for re-election as village clerk. Incumbents Dawn Reglin, Donna Ericson and Jan Williams are running for re-election to the three open trustee positions.
• Mineral: Robert Lyon is seeking election as village mayor. Two candidates have filed petitions for three open trustee seats. Those candidates are incumbent Debra Heavener and newcomer Brent Heavener (filed as of Dec. 26).
• Neponset: Incumbent Carl Rohrig is seeking re-election as village president. Three candidates are seeking three open trustee positions. Those candidates are incumbents Barb Jannie and Ken Snyder and newcomer Eugene Costin.
• New Bedford: Five people are seeking three open trustee seats. Those candidates are incumbents Patsy Swanson, Larry Sugars, Patrick Stillwell and newcomers Jordon Johnson and Tyrone Johnson.
• Ohio: Incumbent Charles Thomas is seeking re-election as mayor. Two candidates have petitions for three open trustees positions. Those candidates are incumbent Steve Conner and newcomer Brooks Debruhl.
• Sheffield: William Rosenow is seeking re-election as mayor. Newcomer Rick Cernovich is the only candidate to file a petition for three open trustee seats.
• Spring Valley: Three people have filed petitions for the position of mayor. Those candidates are incumbent Cliff Banks and challengers Walt Marini and Jack Narczewski. City clerk Rebecca Hansen is seeking re-election. City treasurer John “Jack” Boroski is seeking re-election.
Those seeking alderman positions are as follows: Ward 1 Todd Schmollinger and Mike Herrmann; Ward 2 Jeff Chiaventone, Edward Zeglis, Jill Emerson, Paul Humpage, Chuck Hansen and Fred West; Ward 3 Mark Actis and Joe Piacenti; Ward 4 Dave Pellegrini, Ken Bogacz and Julia Messina. Only one candidate is elected from each ward. Hansen is the only incumbent in the list of trustee candidates.
• Tiskilwa: Incumbent Charles Randy Philhower and challenger Charles Newstrand are both seeking the position of village mayor. Incumbent Kathryn Gorman is seeking re-election as village clerk. Incumbents Steve McKenney and Daniel Acker are seeking re-election as trustees with three open trustee seats available.
• Walnut: Incumbent Robert Brasen is seeking re-election as village president. Five candidates have filed petitions for the three open trustee positions. Those candidates are incumbents Everett Lee Sarver, Dennis Grobe, Lori Wilkinson and newcomers Chad Hall and Aaron Staker.
• Wyanet: Incumbent Bruce Hand and challenger Tom Odell are both seeking the position of village mayor. Four candidates have filed petitions for five open trustee seats. Those candidates are incumbents Joseph Law, Marilyn Johnson, Kimberly Rich and John Swarczewski.
• Princeton: Incumbents Bob Warren, Terry Madsen and newcomers Paul Breseman and Raymond M. Mabry have filed candidate packets for two open commissioner seats.
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Editor’s note: More village candidates will be published as they become available.