Voters split on D122 incumbents
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent April 9, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: May 11, 2013 6:49AM
Pat Martino and Sue Smith apparently managed to keep their New Lenox District 122 school board seats Tuesday in a crowded race that had eight candidates vying for four, four-year seats.
However, incumbents William Pender and Deborah M. Kedzior may not return.
Kathy Miller will return to the board being elected to a two-year seat with an unofficial 1,520 votes. Write-in candidates scored 830 votes.
With all precincts reporting in the four-year contest, Martino drew an unofficial 1,910 votes with Smith getting 1,342 votes.
Vote totals for the remaining two seats are close with Philip E. Adair at 1,154 unofficial votes, Rhonda Starklauf at 1,120, Pender at 1,090 and Kedzior at 1,078 votes.
Thomas T. Hottinger drew 749 votes and Gregory S. Loock received 986 votes.
Miller filed a federal lawsuit March 27 claiming board member Maureen Broderick violated her civil rights by improperly challenging the nominating petitions she filed to get on the ballot.
“I’m glad I’m back on but I don’t want to continue the battle (with other board members),” Miller said. “(Smith) tried to distance herself from Maureen (Broderick) but they are very tied together, and that’s very disturbing to me that the community can’t see that.”
Contributing: Paula Carlson