The consolidated election on April 6 will have a handful of contested races in the BenGil area. Voters heading to the polls or voting by mail will select people for city councils, village trustee, city mayor, and school board.
In Benld, current mayor Jim (James) Kelly is being challenged by Lindsay Bearden. Kelly, who was alderman of Ward 3 at the time, was appointed mayor of Benld in September 2016 succeeding Gloria Sidar who resigned her position. Kelly was re-elected to the mayor seat in the 2017 election after running unopposed.
All the other open seats in Benld are uncontested meaning Terri Koyne will remain as city clerk, Cindy Crites will remain as treasurer, John Balzraine will remain as a ward 1 alderman, Mickey Robinson will remain as a ward 2 alderman, and Lance Cooper will remain as a ward 3 alderman.
In Gillespie, the only contested contests will be two alderperson races. Robert (Bob) Fritz Jr. is seeking to unseat long-time alderman Jerry Dolliger in ward 1 and Landon Pettit is seeking to unseat long-time alderman David Tucker in ward 3.
The uncontested races in Gillespie will allow John Hicks to remain as mayor, Francis Smith to remain as city clerk, Dan Fisher to remain as treasurer, Frank Barrett Jr. to remain as a ward 2 alderman, and Bill Hayes to remain as a ward 3 alderman.
No one is seeking election in the currently vacant ward 4 alderperson seat in Gillespie meaning Mayor Hicks will attempt to appoint someone to the open seat following April’s election.
The Gillespie CUSD #7 School Board has three openings and four candidates: incumbents Dennis Tiburzi, Billy Carter Jr., and Donald Dobrino are being challenged by Christopher Hicks. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be sworn onto the school board.
In East Gillespie, all the races are uncontested allowing Larry Norville to remain as president, Brian Engelke to remain as village clerk, and Bradley Buckner, Bruce Hedrick, and Dennis Tallman to serve as trustees.
In Wilsonville, all the races are also uncontested allowing current trustee Roland Rife to replace Jeff Rhodes as president, Tena Cerentano to remain as village clerk, and three newcomers, Gary McEuen, Beth Greer, and Donald Montoro, to fill the three four-year trustee positions.