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ELECTION 2013: Glenbard District 87 sees mix of incumbents, challengers elected to board

GLEN ELLYN – Challengers Judith Weinstock and Jennifer Jendras and incumbents Robert Friend and Richard Heim have been elected to the Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board of Education with about 19.3, 17.8, 19.1 and 16 percent of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial vote totals.

Other candidates for the four open seats were incumbent F. Thomas Voltaggio and challenger Anthony Schullo.

The race has been marked by questions regarding pension reform, physical education waivers for seniors and the need for additional vocational training courses in the district.

With about 98 percent of precincts reporting, challenger Katharine Hamilton and incumbent Joseph Wozniak have been elected to the two open seats on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees, beating incumbent Dave Carlin and challengers Edward Agustin, Frank Flores and Mike Lanners.

Hamilton and Wozniak won with about 32.2 and 20.3 percent of the vote, respectively, unofficial vote totals show.

Main discussion topics for candidates throughout the race have included college spending and a need for greater transparency on the board.

Controversy arose in March when information regarding Flores' dismissal as a college employee was made public.

Flores was fired from the college in December 2010 after reports were filed against him regarding alleged incidents of sexual harassment.

Flores was working as an assistant aquatics manager at the time of the complaints, which included one from a patron who said he had made comments to her such as "I want to taste you" and "I pee'd in the pool," according to a College of DuPage Police Department report.

Friends for Education, a faculty political action committee, withdrew its endorsement of Flores following the release of the reports, calling the race "contentious ... marked by unsupported allegations against Flores that may have been improperly released to the media by college staff."

Many open village positions in Glen Ellyn were already decided in a primary held by the Civic Betterment Party in December.

The party held a town meeting for the races of village clerk, Village Board of Trustees and Glen Ellyn Public Library Board of Trustees. Based on who received the most votes at the meeting, the party nominated the same number of candidates as seats available in each of the races. Those names appeared on Tuesday's ballot.

Candidates who did not receive the most votes at the meeting still could apply to be on the ballot through the DuPage County Election Commission, but residents typically follow the results of the Civic Betterment Party process and opt not to go that route, party officials said.

Winners were Alex Demos for village president; Catherine Galvin for village clerk; Dean Clark, Tim Elliott and Tim O’Shea for village trustees; and Kelli Christiansen, Gina Meyers and Randolph Sailer for library trustees.

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