More than a dozen hopefuls will run for the Oak Park and River Forest High School board next April.
The names include public officials who've held other municipal offices, current parents and one incumbent. Terry Finnegan, the current board president is seeking a second term. Incumbents Amy McCormack, Dietra Millard and Valerie Fisher are not running again. Jeff Weissglass, a member of the Collaboration for Early Childhood, and Eric Davis, a trustee with the Oak Park Township, both previously announced they were running for the OPRF school board. The remaining field includes River Forest resident Barbara Langer, an outspoken critic of the school's large fund balance.
Oak Park resident John Bokum was unsuccessful in his run in spring 2011 but is taking another stab this time around. A regular visitor to the board's monthly public meetings, Bokum has been critical of late of the board's recent levy tax increase, which was approved two week's ago. Steven Gevinson, a former OPRF English teacher and division chair, is running, as is OPRF parent Melanie McQueen. Gevinson is the father of teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, who attends the high school.
The rest of the candidate field is: David Perkovich, Paula Halpin, Thomas Cofsky, Julie MacCarthy, Robert M. Gale, Steven Nations, Beatrice Fung, and Jackie Moore.
The District 97 school board race will be uncontested as incumbents James Gates and Amy Felton will run as a slate. Gates is running for a second term. Felton is eyeing her first full term after being appointed a year ago to serve out the remaining term of former member Jennifer Reddy, who resigned her seat. The third open seat is expected to be filled by Graham Brisben, the only other candidate to file for the D97 race.
The spring 2013 election is Tuesday, April 9.