According to unofficial results reported by the Cook County Clerk’s office, the races for District 97 and District 200 school board seats have been decided.
Education attorney Jeremy Duffy, healthcare sales professional Venus Hurd Johnson and researcher Nancy Ross Dribin garnered the most votes in a six-person race for three open seats on the District 97 school board.
Duffy, Johnson and Dribin each garnered 22.34 percent, 21.19 percent and 18.09 percent of the vote, respectively.
The three winning candidates were all endorsed by the Oak Park Teachers Association.
“I want to thank everyone for their support,” said Duffy during a phone interview on Tuesday night. “This win means so much to me, but it’s an opportunity for me to do the hard work on behalf of District 97, most importantly our students.”
And with just one precinct outstanding, Fred Arkin, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Kebreab Henry and Tom Cofsky were leading the six-person field of candidates running for four open seats on the D200 school board.
As of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Arkin, Mohanraj, Henry and Cofsky had each garnered 18.8 percent, 18.62 percent, 17.83 percent and 16.73 percent, respectively.
“I’m pleased that the voters of Oak Park and River Forest have such confidence in me and I am looking forward to working with what I think will be a strong board on the hard work of helping us recover from the pandemic and move forward,” said Mohanraj, an English professor and author who also served a term on the Oak Park Public Library board.
Arkin, who served as a D200 board member from 2015 to 2019, returns to the board. Cofsky is the only incumbent elected in either race. Henry, a businessman, will be the only African American man on the board.
“I’m proud that Oak Park has made equity a priority,” Henry said. “I want to thank voters and volunteers who helped the campaign and ensured that we continue going in the right direction. We want to ensure that the high school offers all students the same opportunity for excellence and success during high school and after.”