Six Aurora aldermanic seats contested
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org November 27, 2012 5:44PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:21AM
Aurora — A half-dozen aldermanic seats on Aurora’s City Council are up for grabs, election officials confirmed Tuesday. Aurora’s two-term Mayor Tom Weisner and longtime Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, 7th Ward, will likely run unopposed for reelection in April.
Candidate filing closed at 5 p.m. Monday in Aurora, Aurora Township and North Aurora. The list of candidates who filed is below.
Mayor: incumbent Tom Weisner
At-large: incumbent Bob O’Connor, 4th Ward alderman Rick Lawrence
2nd Ward: incumbent Juany Garza; Irlanda Gardiakos, owner of property management company
3rd Ward: park planner Chad Feldotto; architect Theodoros Mesiacos; River’s Edge Cafe manager Reece Boyd (Incumbent Stephanie Kifowit elected to the Illinois House)
4th Ward: Aurora Township Democrats chairman Mavis Bates; Duanne Kleckner, president of Kleckner Construction; student Jay Leonardi; actor Mike Leonardi; chairman of the Aurora Planning Commission Bill Donnell; former aldermanic candidate Kevin Mathews; mailman Chuck Norris (Incumbent Lawrence is running for at-large seat.)
7th Ward: incumbent Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns
9th Ward: real estate managing partner Edward Bugg; former planning and zoning administrator Marge Linnane; volleyball official Mike Ochs; former alderman at-large Bob Shelton; political consultant Matt Harrington (Incumbent Allan Lewandowski did not file to run)
10th Ward: Lynne Johnson; attorney Judd Lofchie, who perviously ran for alderman (Incumbent Lynda Elmore will not run)
The seven candidates filing in the 4th Ward and five candidates filing in the 9th Ward will trigger a Feb. 26 primary race for the seats.
Supervisor: incumbent Christina Campos; Bill Catching, a current township trustee; Paul Greviskes, attorney and former Kane County Board member
Trustees (four spots will be up for election): Dolores Hicks, incumbent trustee; David Moore, incumbent trustee; Carmen Cantu; Barbara Hernandez; Rebekah Litfin; Juan Reyna; Jesse Vera; Juanita Wells, former East Aurora school board member
Highway Commissioner: John Shoemaker, incumbent highway commissioner
Assessor: Jason Owens
Clerk: Incumbent Herb Hill; Ken Christy
Aurora Democrats voted to hold a primary election for the selection of candidates for Aurora Township positions, instead of having a caucus where candidates are slated by the party. Aurora Township Republicans will slate candidates by caucus at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Greenman Elementary School.
Trustees (three spots up for election): Chris Faber, incumbent trustee; Mark Gaffino, incumbent trustee; Allen Cavender; Michael Lowery
Village President: Incumbent Dale Berman
Village Clerk: Incumbent Lori Murray