Wednesday, January 2, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The races for open seats on the Bellwood and Broadview trustee boards have settled into shape now.
Meanwhile, in the race for open seats on the Maywood Board of Trustees, two candidates are fighting objections while one was tossed off of the ballot due to an insufficient number of signatures.
In Bellwood, three trustees seats — those of Gloria J. Holman, Jophelia Boston and M.C. Robinson — are open. All three sitting trustees are running for reelection while an independent candidate, John Wicks, is the sole non-incumbent in the race, according to the Bellwood Clerk’s office.
In Broadview, the seats of sitting trustees Judy Brown-Marino, John Ealey and John Tierney are open. According to the Broadview Village Clerk’s office, two different slates are fighting for those open seats.
The three candidates running with the People First Party include Maxine Johnson, a former village clerk; Fitzgerald Mullins, a former trustee; and Reginald Davis, a former park district commissioner and current Broadview Park District executive director, according to Broadview Clerk Kevin McGrier.
The three candidates running with the Broadview Progressive Party include Tierney, the sitting trustee and former Broadview fire chief who was appointed by Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson to serve out the term of late Broadview trustee Tara Brewer; Andrea Senior; and Judy Miller, a former Broadview trustee and current Broadview library trustee, McGrier said.
In Maywood, the original field of 12 candidates who had filed to run for three open trustee seats on that village’s trustee board has been narrowed to 11, after a Jan. 2 meeting of the village’s local electoral board.
Maywood’s local electoral board met to hear objections to the candidacies of Ousley, Nathaniel Booker and Arnettra Barber-Burnside. Nine more people are running for three open seats on the board.
Asia Ousley, of the Maywood Legacy Party, was tossed off the ballot after an objection challenge, according to a source.
The Maywood clerk’s office posted notice of a “special meeting” on the village’s website, but the online notice did not specify that the meeting was an electoral board hearing.
The source said that Ousley had fewer than the minimum number of valid signatures to run, adding that objections against Booker and Barber-Burnside are pending.
Currently, those candidates’ petition sheets are going through a binder check to test for the validity of their nominating signatures, the source said. VFP
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