Two more to apply for 1st Ward seat
By Stephanie Lulay email@example.com September 23, 2013 5:50PM
Kristina Bohman, candidate for Aurora's 1st Ward seat. | Stephanie Lulay~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 4, 2013 8:56PM
AURORA — Two more women say they will seek to be appointed to the 1st Ward aldermanic seat Abby Schuler vacated earlier this month.
Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Marsha Minott confirmed Monday night that they will both apply to be Mayor Tom Weisner’s choice for the seat.
Among others, Bohman, 66, will square off against neighbors on her Marywood block for the seat — Banana Split owner Randy Brown and Don Duve, a former 1st Ward candidate.
Bohman seeks the seat now following her retirement as a community resource coordinator for the City of Aurora and Aurora Police Department. She has lived in the ward for about 40 years and would be a “visible” and “accessible” 1st Ward alderman, she said.
“I’ve always wanted to be alderman, but we had good people in office or it wasn’t the right time for me personally,” Bohman said. “Now I can give it the time it needs, (which) I look forward to doing.”
As a member of the North East Neighbor’s group and Ward 1 Committee, Bohman worked to address flooding issues in the ward. She served on the Fox Valley Park District board for 10 years and now serves on the Park District’s foundation board.
Minott, 62, has worked for Jewel Food Services for 46 years, where she is a personnel coordinator. She lives in the 1st Ward’s Pigeon Hill neighborhood, where she’s lived since she was 5 years old.
Minott said she wants to represent the ward “to see the right thing done.”
“I’ve been here all my life and I’ve seen different changes. (Now,) I want to learn the political end of it,” she said. “I’ve always done the right thing for people, so why not do it for my neighborhood?”
Minott also serves as executive vice president of Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers union and is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
In addition to Minott, Bohman, Brown and Duve, two others have confirmed they will apply for the spot: former East Aurora School Board member Ignacio “Nacho” Cervantes and Cindy Hernandez, a former employee of the city’s Aldermen’s Office.
John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board of Directors, said he has not yet made a decision about applying for the post. Dick Leonard, East Aurora School Board member, said he might apply for the spot, too.
Because Schuler resigned 18 months before the next 1st Ward general election, Weisner gets to pick her replacement, pending City Council approval.
Residents interested in being considered for appointment should send a letter of interest, resume and five letters of recommendation, three of which should be from 1st Ward residents. The packet must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, to the Mayor’s Office, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL, 60505.