While the presidential election may have many of our stomachs turning and eyes rolling this political season, locally River Forest is gearing up for its own elections this spring with seats up on both the village and school boards, as well as the park district and library board.
But only one board election has a unique opportunity where residents can really get up close and personal with candidates and maybe even find a worthy candidate who is willing to put her name into the ring.
For more than 20 years, residents from throughout the community have been asked to take part in the River Forest District 90 Community Caucus. The 21-member caucus, with two alternates, is made up of a unique cross-section of community members who are believed to best represent assorted socio-economic backgrounds of residents as well as honestly reflect racial, ethnic, religious, and sexuality differences. As well, the caucus is best represented when they are of assorted ages and of families who may or may not have children attending District 90 schools.
“It is one of the best ways to be part of the process of putting forward the best candidates for our School Board,” said Cal Davis, chair of this years Caucus and a previous delegate. “Our schools are considered to be of utmost importance to our residents and this is a way for residents to demonstrate their commitment and see to it we have the best candidates running for office.”
Delegates are required to be River Forest residents and be able to attend four mandatory meetings, whereby they actively discuss and potentially recruit viable candidates. Collectively, they will create vetting questions to use in one-on-one interviews with any candidate who chooses to run. Once the candidates are vetted, delegates deliberate at length and vote as to who they believe would be the best representatives of the community for the board. These candidates will then be officially endorsed by the caucus.
The seats of Anne Gottlieb, David Latham, Roman Ebert and Stacey Williams will open in the April 2017 election.
The caucus meeting dates are as follows: Thursday, October 20, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm; Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm; Thursday, January 19, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm; Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm
Interested residents should email Cal Davis: Cdavis1052@aol.com The deadline to apply is October 12.