Des Plaines Election

April 6, 2021

Candidate Interviews

In collaboration Maine West students and staff, SPEAK Des Plaines is proud to provide Candidate Interviews for the local spring election.

Voter Resources

Visit our Voter Resources page to learn how to register, vote by mail, vote early, or vote on election day April 6th.

Positions on the April 6th Ballot

(Candidates listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

Mayor

Des Plaines Forward Mayoral Voting Guide

The Mayor, as the chief executive officer of the City, ensures that all the laws and policies of the City are properly enforced and observed. In doing so, they must supervise the conduct of all City officers and departments and recommend to the City Council any measures they see pertinent to the well-being, security, or improvement of life in Des Plaines. It is the responsibility of the Mayor to preside over City Council meetings. Legal documents pertaining to city matters must be authorized by the mayor as directed by the City Council. desplaines.org/government/mayor/


City Clerk

Des Plaines Forward City Clerk Voting Guide

The City Clerk retains and administers the corporate seal, keeps all records, attends all meetings of the City Council and maintains a full record of its proceedings as specified in the City Code and State statute. The City Clerk is responsible for distributing agendas for the Council meetings.  The City Clerk is the Local Election Official and works closely with the Cook County Election Division. desplaines.org/government/city_clerk/


Aldermen for wards 1, 3, 5 & 7 – The City is divided into eight wards, with the residents of each ward electing an Alderman to represent the ward.  The Council is the legislative body of the City, setting policy direction and enacting legislation affecting the City. desplaines.org/government/council/

Questions about which ward you live? desplaines.org/government/city_clerk/maps


District 62 School Board – Determines educational standards, adopts policies for the administration of the school system, employs a superintendent, authorizes the appointment of staff members, approves curriculum, adopts a budget to maintain and operate the schools, and levies taxes to support the budget. For more information including a complete list of schools in the district: www.d62.org

  • Ronald Burton
  • Stephanie Duckmann
  • Jeanette Weller *(write in candidate)

District 207 School Board – Determines educational standards, adopts policies for the administration of the school system, employs a superintendent, authorizes the appointment of staff members, approves curriculum, adopts a budget to maintain and operate the schools, and levies taxes to support the budget. Maine West High School is in District 207 maine207.org


Park District Board – The board is responsible for the development of park district policies, long range planning, and monthly review of district’s Financial and Operations Reports. In addition, they hire and maintain oversight of the Executive Director. The day-to-day operations of the park district are the responsibility of the staff. dpparks.org/about/board-commissioners/


Oakton Community College District 535 Board of Trustees – An eight-member Board of Trustees, who serve six-year terms, supports the Oakton President’s leadership. Two positions are up for election in the spring. For information about becoming a candidate: https://www.oakton.edu/about/leadership/board_trustees/trustee_election/

  • Bill Stafford
  • Benjamin Salzberg

Maine Township Board of Trustees

Des Plaines Forward Maine Township Voting Guide

Maine Township contains portions of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview, Morton Grove, and Rosemont. It’s mission is to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing services, general assistance, information, and programs in a fiscally responsible manner. Maine Township exists to serve the needs of our residents. Our services include:

  • Assessor – provides assistance with property tax assessment appeals and exemptions
  • Clerk – a central location for voter registration, passports, and refuse sticker purchases
  • Code Enforcement – monitors compliance with local code ordinances in unincorporated area
  • Emergency Management – provides resources and expertise in responding to local emergencies
  • Food Pantry – provides food and holiday meals to needy families
  • General Assistance – assists financially distressed residents by providing temporary financial assistance and advocacy services
  • Highway – services and maintains roads in unincorporated area
  • MaineStreamers – provides a variety of activities, trips, and recreational programs for seniors
  • MaineStay Youth & Family Services – provides affordable strength-based counseling, psychiatric services, psychoeducational groups, and programs for at-risk youth
  • Recovery Connection – connects young adults in recovery with each other through weekly meetings, social events, and community resources https://mainetown.com/elected-officials/
  • Democratic Slate
  • Supervisor – Karen Dimond
  • Clerk – Pete Gialamas
  • Highway Commissioner – Edward Beauvais
  • Assessor – Susan Moylan Krey
  • Trustee – Kelly Horvath, Kim Jones, James Maher & Asif Malik
  • Republican Slate
  • Supervisor – Earl Wilson
  • Clerk – Smitesh Shah
  • Highway Commissioner – Jitendra “J.D.” Diganvker
  • Assessor – no candidate
  • Trustee –  Alicia Bailey, Roger Shubert, Jim Stinson & Paul Wronkiewicz

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