Final results are as follows: (NOTE: Updated for all candidates on 4/9/15)
Burns 3407 votes
Giltner 3134 votes
Gray 3051 votes
Turek 2840 votes
Czerwiec 1926 votes
McCurry 2485 votes
Congratulations to the winners: Jennifer Burns, Richard Giltner, Leslie Gray, and yes, even Marty Turek.
Here are our quick observations:
1. We are understandably disappointed that John Czerwiec did not win, but we are very grateful that he chose to contest the election and bring a real debate of the issues to our community. Mr. Czerwiec should be proud of the campaign he ran and the unselfish support he showed for Burns, Giltner and Gray. Mr. Czerwiec, you are a CLASS ACT and we hope you consider running in 2 years!
2. It amazes us that in a district with so many educational issues affecting our children, that there was still a very low turnout. The Cook County election commission indicates that only 15.45% of registered voters cast a ballot. We will post the Dupage County percentage as soon as it is published. Complacency is never a good thing.
3. The motto, "Ignorance is bliss" is NOT a good thing, and in our opinion, that is the only reason that Mr. Turek was reelected. He rode in on the coattails of the three other caucus candidates. He won nearly 700 votes less than Ms. Burns, and came in dead last to the three other caucus endorsed candidates. By no means, should he take his "win" as an endorsement of his past behavior and actions on the BOE.
4. We sincerely hope that Mr. Turek realizes that he only won because the Caucus was stupid enough to endorse him and not because he has been a good or effective board member. In our opinion, he simply got lucky. We hope he learns something from this election and begins to work hard to reclaim the trust of the many voters who refused to vote for him.
5. But Mr. Turek has won, and now the D181 community is going to have to accept his "continuity" on the BOE. We sincerely hope that the NEW BOE members will work with Mr. Turek and the other candidates to return academic excellence in the curriculum for ALL students AND accountability, not just in the decisions made by the Administration, but in the decisions made by the BOE.
6. Guess the "vote for only one" candidate strategy didn't work out so well for the other loser..
One last piece of great news is that in the D86 BOE election,
Planson, Carpenter and Hirsman won! We couldn't be more thrilled. Congratulations to these three candidates who will bring much needed change to that board of education.
Well, that's all for tonight! It's been a long day and night and we are signing off. But we invite our readers to SOUND OFF on the election results and what they might mean for D181's future.