ST. CHARLES – Five candidates will be vying in April for three four-year seats open on the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 School Board.
Candidates had until Dec. 17 to file nominating petitions for the April 2 consolidated election. St. Charles School Board President Kathleen Hewell, who is currently serving her fourth term on the board, filed for re-election. Also filing petitions were former District 303 assistant superintendent Rebecca "Becky" McCabe, Jillian Barker, Garrett Seaman and Michael Bryant.
St. Charles School Board member Nick Manheim, who is finishing his second term on the board, is running against Poonam Gupta-Krishnan for an unexpired two-year term. Lori Linkimer, whose term also expires next year, is not running for re-election.
On the St. Charles City Council, 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Payleitner is facing a challenge from Ryan Bongard. In addition, newcomer David Pietryla has filed for 4th Ward Alderman. Incumbent Steven Gaugel is not running for re-election.
St. Charles City Council First Ward Alderman Dan Stellato also is running for re-election along with 3rd Ward Alderman Todd Bancroft and 5th Ward Alderman Ed Bessner.
Four seats are open on the St. Charles Library Board. Library Board Treasurer Robert Gephart has filed for one of two six-year terms open on the board. Newcomer Michael Shane Hampton has filed for the other six-year term.
In addition, newcomers Claudia Frost and Mary Louise Gobel filed for the unexpired two-year terms on the board. On the St. Charles Park District Board of Commissioners, incumbents James Cooke and Bob Thomson along with newcomer Margaret “Peggy” McCarthy have filed for three open seats.