Local Election

3 write-in candidates win Cary D-26 school board seat

Len Kazmer resigns from school board, opening up a 2-year term seat

Election judge Gus Flaherty of Crystal Lake affixes voting instructions to the inside of voting booths at the Bethany Lutheran Church polling location on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Crystal Lake.
Election judge Gus Flaherty of Crystal Lake affixes voting instructions to the inside of voting booths at the Bethany Lutheran Church polling location on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Crystal Lake.

Three write-in candidates have won four-year seats on the Cary Community Consolidated District 26 school board, according to unofficial results.

Kathryn Potter received the most votes with 275, Deanna “Dee” Darling received the second highest with 234 and Jason Janczak was third with 206 votes, according to unofficial results from the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

On Monday, the district announced that school board member Len Kazmer had submitted his resignation notice, leaving a two-year seat open that must be filled by appointment.

Kazmer said he was no longer able to make the time commitment to the board, and his resignation will be in effect at the end of the April 29 board meeting, according to a news release from the district.

The board will then have 45 days to interview and appoint a new board member, according to the release.

Superintendent Brian Coleman said Kazmer was elected in 2017 as a write-in candidate to serve a four-year term. The person appointed to his seat will serve through the April 2021 general election, Coleman said.

Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18-years-old a resident of District 26 for at least one year and a registered voter, according to the district.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest with a résumé and qualifications to Coleman at the District 26 Administrative Center, 2115 Crystal Lake Road, Cary, IL, 60013, or email it to brian.coleman@cary26.org by April 24.

Residents in District 26 also saw an item on their ballots to vote for two candidates for a two-year unexpired term. No one ran for the seats, and the McHenry County Clerk’s Office and Coleman said this was a mistake and the item should not have been on the ballots. 

In McHenry School District 15, there were three open seats on the school board.

Matthew Stauner received 1,069 votes and Arne Waltmire won 1,072 votes, according to unofficial results in McHenry and Lake counties.

Of the write-in candidates for an available school board seat in McHenry School District 15, Janice Riemann received the most votes in McHenry County with 78 next to William King’s 37 votes, according to unofficial results.

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