District 97 Board of Education member Jim O’Connor said he’s running again. O’Connor announced his run for a second-term Tuesday during the board’s regular meeting.
“I really enjoy my time on the board, overall. I think our district has a stellar staff, and a stellar board, and is headed in the right direction, and I want to help create an even stronger district for my own kids and the Oak Park community,” O’Connor said.
Elected in 2011, O’Connor is project director for nonprofit Advance Illinois, a public education advocacy organization. He’s also a former principal of KIPP Ascend, a charter school on Chicago’s West Side.
D97 board member and President Bob Spatz, who was elected in 2007, announced his run for a third term in September. That leaves two up open seats on the D97 board for the April 7, 2015 election. Incumbents Peter Traczyk and Denise Sacks are not running again.
In Oak Park District 200, three board seats are on the ballot next spring. Two-term member Ralph Lee has said he will not seek another term. Sharon Patchak-Layman and John Phelan, who’s currently the board’s president, said they are not ready to announce anything yet.