GLENVIEW BEAR’S 2021 ENDORSEMENTS FOR KEY RACES
Glenview Village President:
- Write-in Candidate: The Glenview Bear
- Mike Jenny (Unite Glenview) is running unopposed.
Glenview Village Council:
- It is important to have fresh voices to balance Mike Jenny and the Unite party. Glenview Next has been endorsed by the Glenview Firefighters — and haven’t they been through enough lately?
- Paul Brancky (Glenview Next) — Brancky got into local politics when he fought the village to protect flood-prone homeowners, so he’s got experience getting Glenview residents out from underwater. He has a keen understanding of the downtown development issues and is hoping to include more residents in future decision-making. Brancky is a former Glenview Youth Baseball coach and I have no reason not to trust him with our bullpen.
- Cathy Wilson (Glenview Next) — Wilson is a feisty, civically engaged, retired Spanish teacher, y me encanta for all those reasons. She’s pushing for more transparency from the village board. For example, Wilson would like all developers to display all plans related to major projects at the Glenview Library for residents to review. Wilson supports funding to cover mental health workers who can help respond to emergency calls (such as calls related to domestic violence or drug abuse).
- Sheri Latash (Glenview Next) — Latash is very focused on the parks and environment. She is a champion for civic engagement through her service as the Co-President of the League of Women Voters. She has a masters in Public Health from UIC, which matters, as every commercial in the last year has put it, “now more than ever.” And I just trust her face.
Glenview Public Library Board:
- Carol Schmitt & Katherine Vega — They are both current board members. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
Glenview District 34 Board:
- Jim Baumstark — Baumstark is the current District 34 board vice president and a former chair of the Glenview Education Foundation. He has a passion for education and was instrumental to the success of the referendum. And with a name like Jim Baumstark, what else is he gonna do? The man was destined for local politics.
- Dr. James Dolan — Dolan holds a doctorate in microbiology and immunology, and has 5 kids (!) in district 34 schools. His biggest priority is the district’s COVID-19 recovery without compromising high education standards. I can’t imagine a more qualified new addition to the board. If you ask me, the doctor is IN.
- Diane Stefani — Stefani is a current school board member, and an attorney who specializes in education. She comes from a family of teachers, and is focused on ensuring that 34 remains a destination district. To pass up this Stefani would be bananas (B-A-N-A-N-A-S).
Northfield Township 225 School Board:
- There are some real asshats running in this race, so this is one we really need to pay attention to. For more on that, see the “2021 Election” highlight on my Instagram (@glenviewbear). All of the following candidates are highly qualified and were endorsed by the Teacher’s Association, and I like that they are a mix of incumbents and fresh voices.
- Bruce Doughty — Doughty is the current board president who has led the district through what will likely go down as its most difficult year. Are you honestly telling me that this dude led the 225 board while protecting students and staff during a global pandemic, rapidly building an E-learning system, stabilizing the budget, enduring anonymous threats from a shadowy ultra-conservative group, all while helping to secure 225’s place as the 5th best school district in the nation? And we didn’t even pay him?! And for some reason he still wants this job? Run to the polls and elect this man before he changes his mind.
- Peter Glowacki — Excellent candidate. Glowacki has been working in education for 30 years and has a son at GBN. He is the current District 225 board vice president. Much of the same sentiment above applies to Glowacki as well. When it comes to Glowacki, I’m down for a re-Pete.
- Michelle Seguin — Seguin supports increasing mental health resources for students and continuing virtual board meetings for greater transparency. This would be her first term as a District 225 board member.
- Matt O’Hara — Honestly, he’s just an ok candidate. This would be his first term as a District 225 board member. Overall, he’s fine and the other options are a lot worse so we’re going with it.