Thursday, March 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The latest available State Board of Election campaign filings made by political committees comprising candidates running primarily for mayor, trustee and clerk seats in Maywood show an evolving political landscape in the village.
The documents show that four political committees represent the four mayoral candidates, three clerk candidates and 10 trustee candidates in this year’s race. No candidates for board seats whose names will appear on the April 4 ballot are unaffiliated with any committee.
Three of the four committees that have filed state election paperwork ahead of this most recent election are no older than a year old.
The last mayoral election in 2013 featured two political committees, the Maywood United Party — the village’s oldest active committee — and the All in for Maywood Party. Among the five mayoral candidates in that race, three were independents, including current mayor Edwenna Perkins.
Four years ago, the All in for Maywood Party captured one seat, with its candidate for clerk, Viola Mims, upsetting former trustee Audrey Jaycox of Maywood United. The Maywood United Party took all three open trustee seats in that race, with Michael Rogers, Melvin Lightford Sr. and Antonette Dorris winning their respective bids for the board.
The All in for Maywood Party last filed a state elections report in 2014, the same year that Mims resigned her position as treasurer of the committee, which has not been active in village politics since that 2013 election.
This election cycle, the Maywood United Party, which was established in 2004, is still a presence; albeit one that has changed shape. The party’s mayoral candidate, Henderson Yarbrough, who narrowly lost his bid for a third term in 2013 to Perkins, is now a sitting trustee seeking to unseat Perkins.
Dorris, who ran as a trustee on the Maywood United Party ticket, now heads her own — the Maywood Visionary Party — as that committee’s mayoral candidate and treasurer. Bellwood resident Charlie Miller is the chairman.
Trustee Lightford, who also ran on the Maywood United Party ticket four years ago, is running for another term on the board with the Maywood Visionary Party.
Perkins, who ran as an independent four years ago, is still technically an independent. The political action committee she supports, called People’s Choice, comprises candidates who are all considered non-partisan.
Trustee Isiah Brandon, who ran as a write-in candidate in 2013 after he had intended to run on the All in for Maywood ticket, is listed as chairman of People’s Choice. The committee, created in February, is the newest of the three parties formed less than a year ago. It had a starting balance of around $1,000 when it was formed.
Since it was created this year, it isn’t required to file a quarterly report disclosing its campaign expenditures until April 1. And so far, it has not reported contributions over $1,000.
Mary “May” Larry, who garnered around 5 percent of the vote as an independent candidate for mayor in 2013, now heads up the My Maywood Party ticket and is listed as the committee’s chairman on state records. Sitting Village Clerk Viola Mims is listed as the committee’s treasurer.
The My Maywood slate also features trustee candidate Marcius Scaggs, who was appointed by Yarbrough to a trustee seat during the former mayor’s tenure and who came in fourth place as an All in for Maywood trustee candidate in 2013.
My Maywood had no funds available at the date of its creation last year, but its latest D-2 report, for the period between Oct. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016, showed a cash balance of around $1,000. The report also showed individual contributions ranging between $200 and $400 made by party members.
The Maywood Visionary Party, which formed last October, showed no funds available at the time of its creation.So far, the party has not reported contributions over $1,000.
Yarbrough, Readith Ester, a candidate for clerk, and Audrey Jaycox, who is running for trustee, are the candidates running under the Maywood United Party banner who aren’t new to the ticket. Trustee Michael Rogers, who ran successfully with the party in 2013, will not seek reelection.
Since January, Maywood United has reported at least $14,000 in total donations of at least $1,000 each. Its latest D-2 report, for the period between Oct. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016, showed a cash balance of around $1,700.
Below are the most recent documents and campaign filings associated with each political committee that came up during a March 9 search on the Illinois State Board of Elections website (click here).
My Maywood Party
Maywood Visionary Party
Maywood United Party