The excitement in April’s elections may come from contested races in school board races rather than at the Oak Lawn Village Board, which appears to be uncharacteristically quiet this election. The Village of Oak Lawn has three Trustees up for election on April 2, 2019 but two are running uncontested while the longest serving member faces another challenger.
Trustee Robert Streit, the longest serving member of the Oak Lawn Village Board, filed for his final term in office but he has a challenger, newcomer Paul Mallo. In District 1, incumbent Tim Desmond is unopposed. Likewise, William Stalker is running in District 5.
While the village races have not attracted the action of previous elections, the same cannot be said for some of the local school districts.
High School District 218 has hotly contested races in the three districts that have elections this year. District 6, which is in Oak Lawn, finds incumbent Robert ‘Bob’ Stokas and newcomer Tricia O’Sullivan, the wife of Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan, battling against each other.
District 1 in School District 218 also is contested with Jacquelyne R. Sharp and Sheila Wilson Collier, both of Robbins, running against each other in an effort to replace retiring board member Johnny Holmes. In a pattern that suggests more than coincidence, District 5 features a race between incumbent Carol Kats of Worth and her challenger, Maureen Kenney Richel of Palos Heights.
Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 has Julie Misner, Theresa Roche, John Byrne, Robert Charles Crosby and Beverly ‘Becky’ L. Pacetti facing off for three seats. Misner and Roche are incumbents and all the candidates are Oak Lawn residents.
Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 features a race of Matt Egan, Timothy Burke, Mark Stanislawek, and Siobhan Forde battling for three positions. All the candidates hail from Oak Lawn and both Egan and Burke are incumbents.
Ridgeland District 122 had only two candidates file for the three open seats. Barry Zakes and Jean M. Reising of Oak Lawn are seeking election to the board. Reising is an incumbent board member.
Atwood Heights School District 125, which covers a small portion of Oak Lawn also had only two candidates, Daniel McDermott and Victoria Soderlund file for three seats. Both candidates are incumbents.
The election is Tuesday April 2, 2019. Candidates may withdraw or have their petitions challenged, which would change the makeup of the ballot.