Voters return Kennedy to Elmhurst City Council

Sheehan, Kies win spots on Park District Board; Addison Township propositions pass

(Elmhurst Titan photo)

ELMHURST – Voters in Elmhurst’s Sixth Ward opted to keep Alderman Jim Kennedy for another term, re-electing him to the City Council despite a challenge from Ron Sebonia in Tuesday’s consolidated election.

On a night when turnout in DuPage County fell short of 15 percent of registered voters, Kennedy picked up 502 votes to 210 for Sebonia, according to unofficial results posted by DuPage County.

There were no other contested races at the city level, with Mayor Steve Morley, Clerk Patty Spencer, Treasurer Elaine Libovicz and City Council members Marti Deuter, Norman Leader, Michael Bram and Kevin York unopposed. New candidates Tina Park and Mike Brennan were also elected without opposition.

Park District Board

In the race for two seats on the Park District Board, incumbent Mary Kies and newcomer Tim Sheehan came out ahead of fellow newcomer Bobby Smith.

Sheehan led the way with 2,808 votes, Kies had 2,223 and Smith pulled in 1,783.

Addison Township propositions

All three propositions on the ballot for Addison Township passed handily, with two garnering more than 90 percent support and the third with 84 percent support.

The three questions are advisory in nature, meaning that they gauge support from the community but don’t have any binding force.

The question asking for O’Hare International Airport’s “Fly Quiet” program to be made permanent got 7,232 votes for to 561 against.

A request that the state increase homeowner exemptions, thereby lowering property taxes, received 7,041 votes in favor and 713 against.

The third question asked if the township should pursue consolidation of government entities led by appointed rather than elected officials. That passed with 6,141 votes in favor and 1,122 against.

District 205 and College of DuPage

There were only three candidates on the ballot for District 205 School Board, so all were elected. Incumbents Margaret Harrell and Jim Collins will return to the board, and newcomer Kara Caforio will join them.

Three candidates were competing for two six-year seats on the College of DuPage board, and voters selected Christine Fenne (63,328 votes) and Dan Markwell (48,961 votes), while Taso Triantafillos came in third (28,465 votes). Alan Bennett ran unopposed for a two-year seat and will join Fenne and Markwell on the board.

Addison Township races

In Addison Township, Dennis Reboletti was elected supervisor over Rochelle Corso. Reboletti collected 5,300 votes to Corso’s 2,529.

Pamela Joy Moretti was re-elected as township clerk with 5,339 votes to 2,423 for challenger Robert Peickert. Donald Holod was elected highway commissioner over Michael O’Hara, 4,796 to 2,884.

There were eight candidates for the four township trustee seats, including incumbents Matthew Lozich and Mark Nowak. Voters elected the four Republican candidates, with Nowak leading the way with 4,782 votes, Diana Kosmach with 4,683 votes, Lozich with 4,506 votes and Gus Leventis with 4,436 votes. Not elected were Democrats Shirley Swanson with 2,723 votes, Paula Masilotti with 2,716 votes, JoAnn Pelikan with 2,475 votes and Richard Accomando with 2,400 votes.

Addison Township Assessor Christopher Kain was re-elected without opposition.

York Township races

York Township Supervisor John Valle was re-elected despite a write-in campaign from Janet Tinnon. Valle collected more than 90 percent of the vote, 8,587 votes, with 810 write-in votes recorded.

Seven candidates competed for four seats on the Township board, and voters selected the four Republican candidates over the three Democrats in the race. Incumbents Anthony Cuzzone (7,197 votes), Rae Rupp-Srch (6,278 votes) and John Morrissey (6,790 votes) will be joined by Jeffrey Mussatto (6,360 votes). Not elected were Mehmood Khan (4,173 votes), Ali Ahmed (3,998) and Tariq Saeed (3,858 votes).

Township Clerk Daniel Kordik, Assessor Deanna Wilkins and Highway Commissioner Dick Schroeder were re-elected without opposition.