CRYSTAL LAKE – The promise of lower property taxes didn’t resonate with voters in Community High School District 155.
Voters were poised to elect a slate of three union-backed candidates and an incumbent Tuesday to serve on the District 155 board in a nine-way race for four spots.
The union slate came out to an early lead over the “cut taxes” slate at the ballot box, according to unofficial results.
With the support of the District 155 Education Association, candidates Ron Ludwig (6,036 votes), Nicole Pavoris (5,914 votes) and Jason Blake (5,408 votes) were in the lead Tuesday night as the McHenry County Clerk’s Office tallied up the votes, according to unofficial returns. Incumbent Dave Secrest (4,915 votes) was sitting in fourth place.
The competing “cut taxes” slate – Donna Kurtz (4,857), John Pletz (3,442 votes), Scott Vetter (3,404) and Raphael Kamner (2,852 votes) – trailed. Ann Somers, the other incumbent in the nine-way race for four seats on the board, had the fewest votes with 2,612 as of 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Devin Hester, president of the District 155 Education Association, said the “early numbers look good” for the union’s candidates, but noted that not all of the votes had been counted.
The district oversees Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie Ridge and Cary-Grove high schools. It also is responsible for the alternative programs at the Haber Oaks campus in Cary. All told, the district serves 6,500 students taught by 376 teachers with an annual budget of about $97 million.