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4 on ballot for Sugar Grove Library Board

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SUGAR GROVE – As it stands, four candidates will run for the four spots open on the Sugar Grove Library Board.

Pat Graceffa, former president of the Sugar Grove Library Friends group, had filed a petition to run for the board. But Graceffa’s petition has not been certified, and her name will not appear on the April 9 election ballot.

“She was missing a form,” Sugar Grove Library Director Carol Dolin said. “Her statement of candidacy was not attached to the petition.”

Graceffa on Tuesday said she doesn’t know what her next move will be. She was a vocal critic of the library board’s decision in 2011 to fire library director Beverly Holmes Hughes.

Sugar Grove Library Board President Joan Roth, who has been on the board since 2009, is not running for re-election.

Roth, a retired school teacher, said she made a commitment in 2009 to run for only one term.

“Everybody should have a turn to participate,” Roth said. “I didn’t want to be one of those Washington politicians that ran time and time again.”

Roth said the controversy over Hughes’ firing was not a factor in her decision.

“The library is in very good shape,” she said.

Incumbent Trustee Anthony Oliver, who was appointed to the board in September 2011 to fill a vacancy, is running for election to a four-year term. Incumbent Trustee Robert Bergman and newcomer Edward DeBartolo are running for the two six-year terms.

DeBartolo, 75, of Montgomery, said one of his goals as a library trustee would be to generate revenues for the library so it could expand its hours. He said the library board could be more aggressive in renting out its meeting rooms to local businesses.

“I want to give as much as I can to support the library and the community,” he said.

Newcomer Louise Coffman also has filed for a two-year seat on the board.

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