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Objections Filed Against Two Candidates Seeking Seats on Elmhurst District 205 School Board

Darlene Heslop has filed challenges to the nominating papers of School Board President Jim Collins and newcomer Emily Bastedo.

Elmhurst resident Darlene Heslop has filed objections against the nominating petitions of two Elmhurst District 205 School Board candidates. Those petition challenges will be heard by the district's Electoral Board during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the District 205 Administrative Building, 162 S. York Road.

Heslop is objecting to the nominating papers filed by candidates Emily Bastedo and current School Board President Jim Collins.

The agenda for the meeting on Friday is as follows:

  • Call to order
  • Identification and introduction of Election Board exhibits into record
  • Consideration and adoption of rules of procedure
  • Hearing on objections to Emily Bastedo's nomination papers
  • Action or decision
  • Hearing on objections to James Collins' nomination papers
  • Action or decision
  • Adjournment

According to Illinois Election Code, the School District's Electoral Board would be composed of the board president (Collins), board Secretary Shannon Ebner and the longest-serving member of the board, Susan DeRonne. Since Collins is being challenged, his position on the Electoral Board will be replaced by the member with the second-longest service, Maria Hirsch, who will serve as chairman.

Collins was elected to the School Board in 2009 and elected president last year. The terms of both DeRonne and Hirsch also are expiring this year, but they have chosen not to seek re-election.

In addition to Collins and Bastedo, Alan Brinkmeier and Margaret Harrell each are seeking one of the three open seats on the School Board.

This is Heslop's second round of petition challenges regarding the April 9 Consolidated Election. She also challenged the candidacy of 7th Ward Alderman Pat Wagner in his bid for re-election to Elmhurst City Council. That challenge was dismissed Monday on the grounds that Heslop does not live in Wagner's ward.

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an Elmhurst mom January 10, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Jim Collins is already your childrens' school board president. He has been the president since last year. Right now what he is running for is re-election to the school board.
Ken January 10, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I don't know Ms. Heslop but I did find her background on the Internet: She has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering form Northwestern and a nursing degree from Rush University. She recently became certified in critical care nursing. Not too shabby. Most people don't take the time to sit through these meetings so at least there is someone who is keeping an eye on our elected officials. We need more to do the same.
Richard Inskeep January 10, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Does the Patch have access to what the objections are? If so I would suggest that the information be included when this type of article is published in the Patch so that one can make an informed opinion as to the merits of the case rather than all the speculation in current comments. I also feel that the Patch should not print opinions from someone who does not give their name, like the published papers require. That type of policy would cut down on much of the negative comments we see now when the person can remain anonymous.
Karen Chadra January 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM
We'll have a full report tomorrow on the nature of the objections. The problem of people not identifying themselves has been debated since Patch launched. However, policing this isn't feasible at this time. We would have to ban everyone that's not using their real name and, under our current platform, there is still no way to know if people are who they say they are. That could change down the road if Patch changes the sign-on procedures, but that is not a decision made here at the local level. Right or wrong, there are a lot of published papers that also allow pseudonyms: Huffington Post, Suburban Life and others.
Karen Chadra January 11, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Objections withdrawn: http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/heslop-withdraws-her-challenge-to-elmhurst-district-205-school-board-candidates-nominating-papers

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