Thirteen people have filed to run for local school board seats in Oak Park ahead of the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election, according to public information available from the Cook County Clerk’s office. The deadline for candidates to turn their nominating papers into the clerk’s office was Monday. 

Most notably, none of the incumbent District 97 board members who were up for re-election — including Rob Breymaier, Katherine Murray-Liebl and sitting board President Keecia Broy — decided to run for second terms. 

That means three challengers will fill those open seats next year. Those challengers include: Erin Connor, Jennifer Kovar, Nancy Ross Dribin, Venus Hurd Johnson, Kate Odom and Jeremy Duffy. 

Five people filed to run for the four open seats on the District 200 school board. Just two incumbent board members — Craig Iseli and Tom Cofksy — have filed. Incumbents Matt Baron and Jackie Moore did not file to run for re-election. In addition, five challengers filed to run: Elias Ortega, Fred D. Arkin, David Schrodt, Mary Anne Mohanraj and Kebreab Henry. 

Now with candidate filings finalized, citizens will have the opportunity in the coming days and weeks to present objections, if any, to their candidacies. 

Wednesday Journal will start regularly publishing profiles of each candidate early next year. So far, the paper has profiled just one candidate — former D200 board member Fred Arkin, who is seeking to regain a seat on the board after serving one term, from 2015 to 2019.  

Correction: A previous version of this article mispelled the name of Venus Hurd Johnson. Wednesday Journal regrets this error. This article has also corrected the school board office for which two candidates are running. 

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