Contests shape up for Danville school, DACC boards
DANVILLE — There will be contested races for both the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees and the Danville school board in next year's consolidated election.
Newcomer Greg Wolfe of Oakwood filed nominating petitions to run for the DACC board before 5 p.m. Wednesday, the filing deadline.
Wolfe joins incumbent Dr. Ronald Serfoss of Danville, an optometrist at Chittick Family Eye Care, and newcomer Harry Brockus of Hoopeston, the chief executive officer for the Carle-Hoopeston Regional Health Center, in the race for two open seats.
The other seat currently is held by retired Judge John O'Rourke, who did not pick up nominating petitions.
The top two vote-getters will serve a six-year term.
Nine people have filed to run for the Danville school board.
Incumbent Randal Ashton filed nominating petitions about an hour before the filing deadline.
Ashton, a dentist, joins the three other incumbents and five newcomers in the bid for four open seats. The other incumbents are Greg Hilleary, the Danville Housing Authority's executive director, and Dan Brown and Frank Young, both attorneys.
The newcomers are Johnnie Carey, a retired district administrator; Darlene Halloran, a retired Danville High School guidance counselor, who is currently the education liaison at Mervis Industries; Lon Henderson, a retired district administrator, who is currently a student teacher supervisor for the University of Illinois College of Education; Phyllis Roth, a retired nurse and nursing instructor; and David Woodrow, a Beef House restaurant manager. All of the candidates are from Danville.
Hilleary, Carey, Halloran, Henderson, Roth and Woodrow all filed at 8 a.m. Dec. 24, when the filing period began. A lottery will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., to determine their placement on the ballot.
The top four vote-getters will serve four-year terms.
The period to file an objection to someone's candidacy for either board is 5 p.m. Jan. 3.