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9 candidates file for Unit 5 school board

Unit 5 administration building
Emily Bollinger
Nine candidates have filed to run for Unit 5 school board next spring.
Updated: December 20, 2022 at 10:20 AM CST
Three candidates have filed for Heartland Community College's Board of Trustees.

There will be a crowded field seeking to represent Unit 5 schools next spring as nine candidates have filed to serve on the school board in the Normal-based district.

Monday was the deadline to file nominating petitions to be placed on the ballot for the April 4, 2023 election.

Unit 5’s school board has four open seats on the seven-member board.

Incumbents Amy Roser and Kelly Pyle filed for re-election. They will be running with three other candidates — Amee Jada, Steve Mackowiak and Alex Williams — for a maximum of three seats.

The district places limits on how many board members can serve from certain geographical areas.

Dennis Frank and Mark Stephen Adams II also are on the ballot. A maximum of one candidate can be chosen between them. Brad Wurth and Mollie Emery also filed to run.

School board president Barry Hitchins, who was first elected in 2015, and board member Alan Kalitzky did not file for re-election.

District 87, Heartland

District 87 has four candidates for three open at-large seats.

Two incumbents have filed for your-year terms — board president Mark Wylie and Veleda Harvey. Two challengers also filed — Cathy Lust and Courtney Turnbull.

James Almeda did not seek re-election.

The Heartland Community College Board of Trustees will have two open seats for six-year terms in the spring election. Incumbents Mary Campbell of Normal and Cecilia Long of Bloomington filed, along with David Selzer of Normal.

Write-in candidates have until Feb. 2 to file.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.