Lambert Challenges Collins in Village President Race; 5 Vie for 3 Plainfield Trustee Seats

Who's running for Plainfield offices in April? We've got a roundup.

Filing is over for the April 9, 2013 consolidated election, and some Plainfield races are heating up.

Here's a look at who's running for local office this spring:

Village of Plainfield

Plainfield historian and architect (and Plainfield Patch columnist) Michael Lambert has entered the race for village president, challenging current Mayor Michael Collins.

One more candidate — Naperville firefighter Mark Allan Chmura — put in his papers Wednesday, becoming the fifth candidate in the running for three open seats.

He joins incumbents Margie Bonuchi, Jim Racich and Garrett Peck, plus local developer Michael Guinta, who submitted their petitions on the first day of filing. Because those four candidates filed simultaneously, they will be entered in a lottery to determine ballot placement.

The lottery is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 2, 2013, in the village clerk's office at Village Hall.

Each of the three trustee seats carries a four-year term.

Plainfield School District

It's a five-way race for four open board of education seats.

The ballot will appear as follows:

  • Michelle Smith (incumbent)
  • Rod Westfall (incumbent)
  • William Slabich
  • William Dargan
  • P. Anne Walchshauser

Plainfield Library Board

Nine people are in the running for four open library board seats:

  • Mina Green
  • Vicki Knight
  • Patricia Miller
  • David Schmidt
  • Carl F. Gilmore
  • Alice Adeszko
  • Lauren Ledvina
  • Gretchen Fritz
  • Samantha Hurtado

Plainfield Park District

Candidates are as follows: Peter Steinys, Thomas G. Breier, incumbent Michael Brand and Janet Silosky.

There are two seats up for election, each carrying a six-year term.

Plainfield Fire Protection District

Four candidates are running for the two open seats on the fire board.

Joining David Hebert and James Lehmann in the race are William Barnes and Ashley Sandstrom.

The seats carry a six-year term.

Plainfield Township

All township offices — including the four trustee spots, supervisor, clerk, assessor, tax collector and highway commissioner — are up for re-election in April.

Candidates from both the Plainfield Township Democrats and Plainfield Township Republican organizations have entered the race. 

Because the Democrats won a lottery, those candidates will appear first on the ballot.

Candidates are as follows:

Plainfield Township Democrats:

  • Supervisor: Richard Rodriguez
  • Trustee: Kevin Clancy
  • Tax collector: John Cryder

Plainfield Township Republicans:

  • Supervisor: Tony Fremarek 
  • Trustees: Chuck Willard, Matthew Starr, Ernie Knight, Debbie Kraulidis 
  • Tax collector: Yvonne Sencial Bolton 
  • Clerk: Anita Gerardy 
  • Township assessor: Erin Kjlaich 
  • Township highway commissioner: Sam Reichert 

Fremarek is currently a trustee, and Starr serves as tax collector. With the exception of Knight and Kraulidis, the remaining Republican candidates are incumbents.


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Ron December 27, 2012 at 08:30 PM
It's good to see at least a couple of new names on the ballot for the Village Board. What have any of the current incumbents done to help Plainfield? I cannot think of one thing. It's still unfortunate that at least one incumbent will be reelected. This board needs some serious help on how to work with other elected boards and state agencies to get things accomplished.
T-Bone December 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Come on they did one thing...They got the Village Sign moved to the middle of the 59 (south of 111th) instead of on the side of the of the road...Priorities around here...Wow
Brandon Andreasen December 28, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Ron, is it even a bit comforting to know that I was exploring the possibility of running for a village board spot?
Ron December 28, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Brandon, anything is better than the majority of current Village Board. Some of the current board has even threatened to sue some of the posters on here for libel. Pretty sad that threats like this are being thrown out at posters on the patch. If it's getting too hot in the kitchen for them to take the pressure of public service, maybe they need to move on. I'm still curious to know what the incumbents have accomplished as a Village Board member. If you ran, we could've even held burger fundraisers but if you run for Village Board it'll have to actually be in Plainfield.
Ron December 28, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Which violates their own ordinance and Illinois Department of Transportation rules of placing signs in the parkways and medians. But any candidate or anyone else that were to put a sign in a location like that will be uprooted by code enforcement or the community service police officers.
Tim December 28, 2012 at 04:29 AM
If your name doesn't have 'incumbent' next to it, you would stand a pretty good chance.
Ron December 28, 2012 at 04:35 AM
You're right Tim. We can only vote and it's time for some changes to happen on this Board. Hopefully, the new candidates will make a better effort and offer better representation than the 'incumbents'.
Zaney December 28, 2012 at 04:15 PM
If I see a new name, I am voting for you and so is my husband so that's two votes for you already!!
Anna December 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Who are the incumbents on the fire board?
jono100 December 28, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Vote for all the new names and get rid of the incumbents. They are all incompetent
Tim December 28, 2012 at 08:11 PM
One incumbent will be reelected to the village board. Out of the options, Mr. Racich is probably the best choice. While I may disagree with his choices sometimes, he at least takes his elected job seriously. The same can not be said for Margie Bonuchi and Garret Peck. Garrett has a track record of not bothering to show up for village meetings(or just not even bothering to vote when he is there), and Margie will threaten to sue you if you express your displeasure at her inability to effectively hold 2 publicly funded positions. Neither of them have demonstrated the professionalism that the position demands.
Brandon Andreasen December 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM
There is an easy way to do this: VOTE FOR MIKE LAMBERT. Nobody has a better working knowledge of this town and a clear idea of what is best for this town like he does.
Loafers Mikey December 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM
That is about the funniest thing I have heard all year! Just wait until allegations of extortion, bullying, and threats in attempts to get contracts for his architectural firm arise. Wonder if everyone knows how Mikey tried to shut down Plainfield fest by calling the state fire marshall?? He sounds like someone who wants to promote Plainfield, I mean his business!!!! This is going to be a fun election!
Loafers Mikey December 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Ron/Tim, When you knowingly post damaging lies about individuals who have a vested in the community , you subject yourself to legal liabilities. I can't wait to see you in court my friend :O) The scales of justice will prevail.
Blake December 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Anna, Mr. Hebert and Mr. Barnes are the incumbents on the fire board. I am glad to see two others are also running for the fire board. Hopefully the taxpayers will take a closer look at the fire distrcit budget and the way they spend our money. It is time for some new faces on the fire board, and hopefully the voters/taxpayers will educate themselves before election day.
Michelle December 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Who is running in Wheatland Township?
Gene Rapp Sr. December 30, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Hey we have a new police building/station, a beautiful ediface sufficient for at least a 350 person department. In about 100 years we will have sufficient numbers to actually provide for those numbers. When I compare the new station to those of other police agencies around the country with much MUCH larger numbers of personel, there is no wonder why Plainfield residents are paying through the nose with their taxes and there is not end in sight!
Chick FLATet January 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Brandon, what happened to your candidate for Mayor? Did he not follow the law and fill out his paperwork correctly? Maybe he should do what the other candidates all did and get extra signatures in case some of the people who sign are not registered voters... Also I heard you were going to run for Village Trustee? What public statements do you plan to make about your recent speeding ticket? Have you pled guilty? What kind of a role model breaks the law and wnats to run for Village Trustee? Yiu are about as hippocritical as Lambert. You simply cannot follow the law, yet you want to be elected to office. Shame on you!
Buckgrove January 21, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Chick FLATet...recommend Spellcheck on all postings.


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