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April 21, 2019

4/3/2019 2:03:00 PM
Low Turnout for School Board Elections
By Larry Gavin


The budgeted expenses for School District 65 for the year ending June 30, 2019 are $130 million. The budgeted expenses for School District 202 are $86 million. The combined total is $216 million.

Yet, there was a light turnout in the April 2 election of School Board members. According to data provided by the Cook County Clerk’s Office, there are 58,442 registered voters in School Districts 65 and in School District 202, which each include Evanston and part of Skokie. According to election results, a total of 5,190 ballots were cast by registered voters in the Districts, or a turnout of only 9% of the voters.

In the April 2 election, each person who cast a ballot was entitled to vote for three persons for the District 65 School Board and three persons for the District 202 Board. That would mean a total of 15,570 votes for Board members for each District (5,190 ballots X 3 = 15,570). According to the election results, only 12,140 votes were cast for District 65 candidates, and 12,937 for District 202 candidates.

Three candidates for the District 65 School Board ran unopposed, after a hearing officer concluded that six nominating petition sheets filed by a fourth person seeking election to the Board were invalid. The three persons who won seats on the District 65 Board were all incumbents. They and their vote totals are: Rebecca Mendoza (4,148 votes), current Vice President of the Board Anya Tanyavutti (4,067 votes), and Sergio Hernandez, Jr. (3,925 votes).

 Four candidates vied for three seats on the District 202 Board. The three winners are: current Vice President of the Board Monique Parsons (4,057 votes), Elizabeth Rolewicz (3,451 votes), and Stephanie Teterycz (3,075 votes).



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