There’s a contested election for three seats on the Evergreen Park Village Board—an event that has not occurred in nearly 30 years.
Three incumbent trustees—Mark Marzullo, James McQuillan and Mary Keane—are seeking re-election to the six-member board. Together, the trio has almost four decades of experience on the board and hope to retain their positions on April 7.
Meanwhile, Chris Trzeciak, a lifetime resident of Evergreen Park and the president of Evergreen Park Community High School District 231 board said he is in the race to give voters a choice, he says.
Having a choice is something new for EP voters.
The same month that “The Simpsons” cartoon debuted on the “Tracey Ullman Show” Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight” was a monster hit, the Cubs traded Dennis Eckersley to Oakland for three minor leaguers and Texaco filed for bankruptcy was the last time there was contested Trustee race in EP until this year.
The novelty is being welcomed in some circles.
“I think it’s great to have [contested] elections,” Mayor Jim Sexton said. “It gives us a chance to get the candidates out to talk to the people. They get to go door to door and find out from people what they might have missed. It gets us up and gets us going.
“I go back to the sports angle. You have to practice every day. You can’t just show up for game day.’’
The last contested race in Evergreen Park took place in April 1987 when six candidates ran for three seats on the board.
Sexton, John McGivern and John Murphy easily defeated challengers Jean Kruppiak, Robert Simutis and Elizabeth Angele by two-to-one margins.
Kruppiak, an incumbent, was elected in 1979. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor against Tony Vacco in 1985.
Murphy was later elected Worth Township Supervisor, a position he held until 2013.
Ruth Donahue defeated Harold Wierenga for a two-year term as village clerk.