Written by Shannon Antinori
A group of Republicans who say they want to restore transparency and put an end to “chaos” on the Wheatland Township board will run as a slate in the April 9, 2013 election.
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“Our entire slate was nominated to represent the Republicans on the April 9th ballot,” current deputy clerk Bill Alstrom said of the Dec. 4 Wheatland Republican caucus.
Alstrom is running to replace clerk Chuck Kern, who in turn is running for township supervisor.
Earlier: GOP Group Hopes to Win Support at Wheatland Township Caucus
Residents who voted a Republican ballot in the March 2012 primary were eligible to attend Tuesday night’s caucus. According to Alstrom, 170 people turned out for the event, held at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plainfield.
Scott Bishop, the slate’s candidate for highway commissioner, was victorious in the only contested race of the night, defeating Mike Strick 91-55.
The slate is as follows:
- Chuck Kern - Supervisor
- David Monaghan - Assessor
- Bill Alstrom - Clerk
- Scott Bishop - Highway commissioner
- Deb Holscher - Trustee
- Mike Crockett - Trustee
- Darren Bennefield - Trustee
- Raquel Mitchell - Trustee
- Ben Peterson – Tax collector
Kern, who hopes to succeed Supervisor Todd Morse, said the state of affairs at the township level is currently “chaotic.”
“The philosophical differences are so broad [the current board] can’t get anything done,” Kern told Patch last week. “I think certainly the primary message we’re going to put taxpayers first.”
So far, two of the current trustees — Frank King and Doug Haddad — have said they are not seeking re-election.
While they can no longer run as Republicans, it’s possible for the remaining incumbents to appear on the April ballot if they run as Independents.