Northbrook caucus slates candidates
Updated: November 21, 2012 11:19AM
NORTHBROOK — The Northbrook Caucus’ candidate selection process culminated Saturday at a town meeting where a final slate of candidates running for a number of open board seats in the April 2013 elections was recommended.
Nearly 130 residents who attended the meeting at the Greenbriar School auditorium voted in favor of accepting all the candidate recommendations of five Caucus subcommittees comprised of a number of volunteers who spent time interviewing each candidate and reviewing their backgrounds before making final selections.
The candidates are running for 19 board seats that will open up next spring in a number of offices, including the Village Board, the Park District Board, the Library Board, and School Districts 27 and 28 boards.
Village Board incumbents whose terms will expire next year are Village President Sandra Frum, Clerk Debra Ford, and Village Board members Kathryn Ciesla, Todd Heller and Michael Scolaro. All five Village Board incumbents were nominated by the Caucus.
On the Library Board, incumbents Carlos Frum and Vera Mayer were selected by the caucus, as well as Daphne Neirick, who is running for Sue Conat’s current seat.
“All three of them impressed us. Their experience is quite substantial,” said David Clemens, chairman of the Library Board caucus subcommittee. “We feel strongly that the Library Board will continue to do great things.”
Incumbent park district Commissioners Penelope Randel, Michael Shyman and Paul Zima were challenged by Bob Lozaro, a retired IT auditor who was nominated from the floor during the meeting, but town hall attendees voted to slate the three incumbents.
A 66-vote majority was needed for Lozaro, a 30-year resident of Northbrook, to make it onto the ballot, but he fell short by one vote.
Shyman received the most votes with 86, followed by Zima with 82 and Randel with 78.
The caucus slated two incumbents and two new candidates for the four openings on the District 28 School Board. Current members Joshua Prober and Anthony Forchetti were chosen, as well as first-time candidates Michael Gilmore and Louis Gross.
For District 27, three incumbents seeking re-election – Ed Feld, Helen Melnick and Jamie Werhane – received caucus support, as well as one new candidate, social worker Laurie Garber Amram, who will run for the last board opening left by Sue Conat.