All but one of the eight incumbents on Evanston’s two school boards whose terms expire next  April have taken initial steps towards seeking re-election. But there are citizens waiting in the wings to compete for their jobs.

The only holdout so far is Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board member Jerome Summers, who has not yet made up his mind whether to challenge Fifth Ward Alderman Dolores Holmes for her spot on the Evanston City Council.

The other three District 65 incumbents, Tracy Quattrocki, Andrew Pigozzi, and Kim Weaver, have picked up their election packets from board secretary Pat Markham.

All four incumbents on the Evanston Township High School District 202 Board have taken that initial step toward re-election, according to William Stafford, secretary of the 202 Board. They are Deborah Graham, Gretchen Livingston, Rachel Hayman, and Martha Burns.

There are three challengers for the District 65 spots: Candance Parks Chow, Peter Kaplan, and Suni Kartha.

And there are five challengers for District 202: Elena Garcia Ansani, Andrew Bezaitis, Doug Holt, Patricia Savage, and Casey Miller.

The hopefuls are required to file their petitions with the respective district secretaries from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24. The election will be held on April 9, when members of the Evanston City Council will also be elected.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Just because an incumbent

    Just because an incumbent picked up a packet, does not mean they really intend to run for the 65 or 202 position. Many times a packet is picked up only to discourage others from running.

    1. Or enourage others to run

      Given the unfortunate incumbents on both boards (D65: Summers, Piggozi, Weaver; D202: Hayman, Burns, Livingston and Graham), I would think that the opposite is true. If these folks are running again, perhaps it will encourage better candidates to put their hats in the ring.

  2. Kartha supported reckeless referendum

    For what it's worth, Kartha took a public stance endorsing Hardy Murphy's reckess school referendum.

    On Kaplan's Facebook page, he is photographed in front of Lincolnwood school and lists as part of his platform: "Modernizing our schools and infrastructure."  This is code for "build a new school."

    1. “Modernizing our schools..”

      Happy to clarify my position.  I am for modernizing our EXISTING schools smartly – that includes accessibility, technology, security, and climate controls, and other infrastructure improvements that facilitate a better learning environment.   Of course, with that comes fiscal responsibility in the decision making process, and the need to think strategocally and long term so we aren't repeatedly making one-off infrastructure improvements that are detrimental to our financial situation. As for building a new school, I think we should always have EVERY sensible option on the table, but I don't believe that we should be prioritizing that right now given the results of the referendum last spring. So I would definitely not recommend you infer that modernizing is code for building a new school.

  3. Who will speak for Excellence?

    In choosing which candidates will best represent you on our School Boards, it is important to keep in mind that Sup't Hardy Murphy and Sup't Eric Witherspoon are employees, not representatives, of our community.  For more than 50 years Evanston has been committed to the premise that Excellence and Equity are not mutually exclusive goals.  It is the job of our School Boards to ensure Evanston's schools keep focused on both of these goals for all of our students, avoiding the spreading virus of  trendy, unproven pursuits like "earned honors" with no support from any evaluation. 

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