The River Forest Service Club and League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest will collaborate to host a candidate forum on Thursday, February 16 at Concordia University Krentz Center, Room 120, 7400 Augusta Blvd.  The event is intended to introduce voters to candidates for the following River Forest Boards: River Forest Park District, Village of River Forest and River Forest Township.

The event kicks off at 6:30 pm with a brief meet and greet. River Forest Park District candidates are up first from 6:45 to 7:15 pm and include: Cheryl Cargie, Lynn Libera, Gerry Dombrowski and Calvin Davis. There are two seats open in this race.

From 7:20 – 8:05 pm candidates running for village trustee will be fielding questions. Candidates for the three open seats include Thomas Cargie, Patricia A. “Patty” Henek, Thomas J. Dwyer, Jr. and Respicio F. Vazquez.

Candidates for River Forest Township will round out the night from 8:10 to 8:45 pm. They include
Holly Economos, Helene Connolly, Karen Taubman, Mark Kelty and Anna Marie Romeo. There are four open seats.

School District 90 has four candidates running for four open seats, which makes the race uncontested.  According to the Cook County Clerk’s Office, there are nine candidates running for four seats on the Oak Park-River Forest High School District 200 School Board. All of the candidates for the D200 race are from Oak Park. An upcoming forum with the D200 candidates, also hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Service Club at Concordia University, will be March 13.

The Candidate Forum is open to the public and will be moderated by Peggy Kell, OPRF League of Women Voters Voter Service Chair. It will allow an opportunity for candidates to share introductory remarks before a question and answer session. Questions will be pre-determined by the League with the possibility, if time allows, for audience-generated questions.

The River Forest Service Club is a 75 year old organization that was founded to promote the civic interests and welfare of the Village. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through citizen education and advocacy.

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