A Plainfield teacher and a Frankfort small business owner have been appointed by Will County Democrats to run for County Board in the November election.
Donald Keane of Frankfort will appear on the ballot for the Will County Board’s District 2 against Republicans Cory Singer, a former board member, and Jim Moustis of Frankfort, the board’s Republican caucus chair. Singer is running for County Board after losing his bid for county executive in 2012.
Board member David Izzo, R-Tinley Park, is not seeking re-election for District 2, which covers parts of Frankfort, New Lenox and Homer townships.
In District 5, Sheila Raddatz, a teacher and 10-year resident of Plainfield, will run alongside Democrat Reed Bible of Plainfield, against one Republican candidate, Darren Bennefield. Bennefield, a former Wheatland Township Board trustee, was recently appointed by the County Board’s Republican caucus following the resignation of Lee Ann Goodson earlier this year.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said June 2 was the deadline for political parties to fill vacancies on the ballot where no candidates ran in the primary. People wishing to run under a new party or as an independent can begin filing Monday, according to the Will County Clerk’s office. They have until June 23.
The two appointed candidates were required to collect 51 signatures for nominating petitions, Will County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Pyles said. The party was able to fill most of the County Board vacancies, he said, but not District 11, which goes into parts of south Naperville in Will County, as well as DuPage and Wheatland townships. They were only able to fill one of two vacancies for districts 2 and 5.
“We try to be competitive with all the County Board districts,” Pyles said.
Raddatz’s husband is a member of the Local 150 Operating Engineers in Joliet, he said. The Plainfield resident is also a teacher and has been highly “involved in a lot of community activities,” he said.
“We need to have someone with a background in education,” he said. “Nothing is more important than educating our children and helping create a well-trained and educated workforce.”
Two candidates are elected from each of the county’s 13 districts and each party can put up two candidates.
Petitions for new party and independent candidates are being accepted for county clerk, treasurer, sheriff, regional superintendent of schools and County Board districts 2, 5, 9 and 11. Petitions are also being accepting for three trustee positions in the East Joliet Sanitary District and one trustee in the Lockport Heights Sanitary District.