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Write-ins file for library and school board positions

SPRING GROVE – Two Spring Grove candidates have filed as write-in candidates for area governing boards.

Susan Sucher filed to run for the Nippersink Public Library District, and Jennifer Read filed for the District 157 school board.

Both entities include the Spring Grove and Richmond areas.

Neither board has enough candidates to fill the openings up for the vote this April.

That’s one of the reasons Sucher decided to file as a write-in candidate for the seven-member board, she said.

“I’m interested in the library and making sure our tax dollars are spent wisely so that we serve the community best,” Sucher said. “I’d like to see continuing improvements in the children’s department. They’re doing a great job, and I want to see it continue.”

The children’s department is especially important for Sucher because she has seven children, ages 1 to 18.

Three incumbents are running for the four four-year slots on District 157 school board, and no one filed for the one two-year vacancy.

That’s why Read decided to run as a write-in candidate for one of the four-year terms. The board will appoint someone to fill the two-year term after the election.

“I have always wanted to get involved in education,” she said. “I have a background in that.”

Read received her master’s degree in education at Northwestern University and studied school law while in law school.

While she also spent a few years teaching in Illinois and Arizona, she spent most of her professional life in business. She’s currently a consultant in the high-tech manufacturing industry.

“I just wanted to get involved,” Read said. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in. I think the schools here are great, and I know that because I’ve lived places where they aren’t as great.”

But with the potential challenges down the road for Illinois districts as the state struggles to solve the mounting pension liability crisis, Read felt she could perhaps lend a hand.

Read has 10 children – three of them still in the area school system, two middle-schoolers with Nippersink District 2 and a 17-year-old at Richmond-Burton. The family has lived in Spring Grove for three years.

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