Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin running unopposed in April
Despite a term marked at times with controversy over the Orland Park “Main Street” redevelopment — and a vow earlier this year by a local school official to challenge him — Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin finds himself unopposed in the April 9 municipal election.
The deadline for candidates to file paperwork to run in the election passed at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and no challenger to McLaughlin came forward.
Earlier this year, John Carmody, president of the Orland School District 135 Board, indicated he would challenge McLaughlin, but he did not officially file nominating petitions to do so by Wednesday’s deadline.
McLaughlin was first elected mayor in 1993 and is in his fifth term. He defeated challenger Gerald Maher in 2009, garnering some 64 percent of the vote.
Trustees Jim Dodge, Kathy Fenton and Brad O’Halloran are running with McLaughlin under the Orland Park United banner. Running with them for clerk is John Mehalek.
Challenger John Fotopoulos is running for one of the three trustee positions. He ran unsuccessfully for trustee in April 2011.
Other candidate filings of note:
In Tinley Park, incumbent Mayor Ed Zabrocki will face challenger Stephen Eberhardt, and incumbent trustees Dave Seaman, Brian Maher and Terrence Grady will be opposed by Andrew DeLuca, Nancy Petro and Karen Weigand. Village Clerk Pat Rea is running unopposed.
In Oak Lawn, incumbent Mayor Dave Heilmann will face challenger Sandra Bury. Running for trustee are incumbents Alex Olejniczak (2nd) and Tom Duhig (4th), and newcomers Tim Desmond (1st), Terry Vorderer (4th), Michael Carberry (6th) and Joe Sorrentino (6th). Trustee Tom Phelan (6th) is not seeking re-election. Seeking re-election is Village Clerk Jane Quinlan.
Heilmann is running on a slate that includes Melissa Moran for clerk, incumbent Trustee Cindy Trautsch (1st), and trustee challengers Julie Misner (2nd), Tim Reilly (4th) and Carol Sheahan (6th).
Mokena voters will have two sets of candidates to choose from. All incumbents are seeking re-election — Mayor Joe Werner, Clerk Patricia Patt, and trustees John Mazzorana, George Metanias and Joe Siwinski.
Challenging them will be former Trustee Frank Fleischer along with clerk candidate Jenifer Sciaky, and trustee candidates Mary Beth Winberg, Vincent DiFiore and Tony Bruozas.
In Frankfort, all incumbents are running unopposed. They are Mayor Jim Holland, Clerk Bob Kennedy, and Trustees Todd Morgan, Dick Trevarthan and Doug Walker.
In New Lenox, there is no mayoral contest, but Trustees Annette Bowden, Dave Smith and Ray Tuminello filed to run again in April.
In Blue Island, Tommy Brown is running for mayor as a Democrat against Ald. Domingo Vargas (7th), who’s running on the Blue Island Independent Party slate along with Randy Heuser for city clerk, Carmine Bilotto for treasurer and aldermanic candidates Tom Hawley (1st), Charissa Bilotto (2nd), Kevin Donahue (3rd), Candace Carr (4th), incumbent Michael Janko (5th), Tomas Almazon (6th), and James D. Johanson (7th).
Former Blue Island police Chief Douglas Hoglund is running as an independent candidate for alderman in the 4th Ward, and Dexter R. Johnson is running as an independent in the 6th Ward.
In Homewood, incumbents Mayor Rich Hofeld, Clerk Karen Washington and trustees Barbara Dawkins, Ray Robertson and Jay Heiferman are running under the Greater Homewood Party banner.
Incumbent Trustee Anne Colton, an independent, also is running for re-election.