Darlene Heslop Withdraws Her Challenge to School Board Candidates' Nominating Papers

Jim Collins and Emily Bastedo can continue their campaigns for District 205 Board.

The Elmhurst District 205 Electoral Board hearing scheduled for 4 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 11, has been canceled.

The hearing originally was scheduled to hear petition challenges filed by Elmhurst resident Darlene Heslop against two School Board candidates, board President Jim Collins and newcomer Emily Bastedo.

According to an announcement from the District 205 administrative office, the hearing was canceled because Heslop withdrew her objections to the nomination papers of both candidates.

Related: School Board Candidate Explains the Now-moot Petition Challenge He and Fellow Candidate Faced

In addition to Collins and Bastedo, Alan Brinkmeier and Margaret Harrell each are seeking one of the three open seats on the School Board. The terms of Susan DeRonne and Maria Hirsch are expiring this year, but they are not seeking re-election.

Heslop challenged the candidacy of 7th Ward Alderman Pat Wagner in his bid for re-election to Elmhurst City Council, but that challenge was dismissed Jan. 7 on the grounds that Heslop does not live in Wagner's ward.

The Consolidated Election will be held April 9.

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Independence666 January 12, 2013 at 03:57 PM
What's up with this Heslop lady? Is she really so needy for some kind of recognition, or Is she just bored? What a waste of time and energy for all involved. Get a life Ms. Heslop.
Jim Court January 12, 2013 at 04:46 PM
This is a democracy. No matter how much we disagree, she is entitled to her opinion. The concept of loyal opposition is rooted in this democracy.
Jim Beaumont January 13, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Folks I have to side with Jim Court on this. In the same breadth Ms. Heslop has the right to take action and I fully encourage her to do it in the appropiate situation.
Independence666 January 13, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Jim, I totally agree that opposing opinions should be encouraged, however, as responsible citizens, we should all do some homework before filing baseless, frivolous legal challenges. There are so many real problems that need to be resolved in this town, and distractions like this only tend suck our limited resources into a non-value added black hole. That being said, I'm glad that Ms. Heslop has decided to pay all of the expenses that her exercise has generated. Hopefully, she will do her homework before she launches another one of these things.
Carrie Pedote January 31, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Yes she has the right to take action if there is merit to her claim. This was a meritless claim that the district spent thousands of dollars dealing with. If she is going to file these claims she should do all her homework first and make sure there is merit to them. She should reimburse the district for the money that was spent on this. What a waste of taxpayer money.


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