Plainfield Trustee Race Could Be Heating Up

Who's picked up petition forms so far? As of late Wednesday, four new contenders had indicated they may throw their hats into the ring, creating the potential for a six-way race for three spots on the village board.

Next spring’s village board race could get interesting.

As of Wednesday night, a total of six Plainfield residents had picked up nominating petition forms for the nonpartisan April 2013 trustee race, according to  village clerk Michelle Gibas.

So far, only incumbent Village President Mike Collins has taken out petitions for the mayoral race.

Incumbent trustees Margie Bonuchi and Jim Racich picked up petition forms early on in the nominating period.

But in recent weeks, four more possible contenders have followed suit.

Current Plainfield Plan Commissioner Ed O’Rourke and Naperville firefighter Mark A. Chmura have also taken out petitions, along with Walker’s Grove Homeowners Association president Peter Bergstrom and newcomer Anthony Witt.

Chmura ran unsuccessfully for a spot on the board in 2011.

Those who file petitions this December will vie for three open seats, each carrying a four-year term.

Trustee Garrett Peck, whose term also expires in April, has not taken out nominating petitions. He is currently running against Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant to represent the 49th District in the Illinois Senate.

Petitions for the village board and village president races were made available Sept. 25. The first day to turn in nominating petitions is Dec. 17, and the deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 26. Petitions can be turned in at Village Hall.

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Tim October 26, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Margie Bonuchi is dead weight on the board. She has accomplished absolutely nothing. She is also responsible for the administration of Information Technology in D202. http://www.psd202.org/about/index.php?p=bio&ID=20 Things like, making sure nobody hacks websites. Over the past few months, there have been multiple security breaches in the districts network, compromising thousands of peoples personal information, and she has presented nothing concrete to remediate any of these issues. I'm sure many here remember the latest security problems, that merely took the skills of a 14yr old child to show the weaknesses to the entire community. From the outside looking in, it certainly looks like she has not been held accountable, because her husband Roger Bonuchi, sits on the D202school board. While this may be a very nice family, and they may be very nice people, this situation can not proceed. Personally, I would rather have Roger keep his position on the school board based on his attempts to correct pension issues. Either way, having a husband/wife team paired up in related bodies of government simply can not continue. At the very best, it allows too many 'abstain' votes because of the conflict of interest it creates with their respective positions.
timx2 October 27, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Thank God new blood in the race just what the village needs. New mayor new trustees and new department heads to straightened out this town.
Moe October 27, 2012 at 05:48 AM
FYI... Let the truth finally be known about TIM and Ron Jidzny, I personally know TIM. He doesn't even live in of Plainfield. And as for lawyer wannabe RON. Ron isn't a lawyer as he claims. In actually RON is unemployed. His name isn't even Ron Jidzny. It's actually Ray. So how pathetic is it for one to lie even about not only his name, but also about his job. So, please stop feeding these TROLLS!
Tim October 27, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Well, that was certainly on topic. I especially enjoyed the supporting evidence you used to support your claims.


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