Naperville Township Municipal Elections – 2021

OfficeCandidate NameContact InformationCandidate Comments
Aurora Mayor
Vote for 1
Judd Lofchie
  • Current Alderman with a track record of voting to stop wasteful spending and reduce Aurora's $1.1 billion deficit.
  • Experienced in both directly creating jobs and bringing employers to Aurora, through networking and collaboration.
  • Improve public safety by creating stronger partnerships with our community organizations and churches
John Laesch
  • John is a union carpenter, veteran former East Aurora School Board member.
  • Supports ethics reform and is rejecting contributions from people who do business with city hall.
  • Focused on bringing higher wage jobs in the green building/renewable energy sector to Aurora.
Aurora Alderman
Vote for 1
Brooke Shanley
  • Educator. Activist. Organizer. VP of AFT Local 604, member Share Fox Valley, President American Legion Aux. Unit 84.
  • Dedicated and responsible leader committed to our families, residents, and community at large.
  • Will use professional leadership skills to collaborate to lessen property taxes, help small businesses, and protect vulnerable residents.
Raymond Hull
  • Retired Aurora Water Superintendent, former Planning Commissioner, and 2-term School Dist. #131 member, one year as president.
  • Neighborhood revitalization is the foundation of any community which will assist in economic development.
  • My main goal is to bridge the gap between the 3 regions of town to redefine Aurora's identity.
Aurora Alderman
Ward 7
Vote for 1
Scheketa Hart-Burns (Incumbent)
  • A woman of my word who, with heart and mind for 30+ years, has always been actively and highly involved in the betterment of our community.
  • I want to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our constituents.
  • I plan to cultivate change so that we as a community collectively achieve common goal.
Saul Fultz
  • Better Police & Community Relations
  • Bring Community Programs that promote Unity and Positivity to Ward 7
  • Effectively Hear Your Needs
Aurora Alderman
Ward 10
Vote for 1
Arjun Nair
  • Majored in Political Science and Minored in Economics and History at Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Interned at U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin's Chicago Office
  • I will push for ideas and spending that uplift the community, rather than developers.
Fox Valley Park District
At Large
Joe Grisson, III
  • Servant-leader who connects with, listens to, and represents ALL residents, regardless of community standing.
  • 17+ years invested into advancing our community through social development programs and projects.
  • A community leader who C.A.R.E.S. (Connects. Advocates. Restores. Empowers. Serves.) for our community.
Fox Valley Park District
Ward 3
Marea Berkley Clement (Write-In)
  • PTSA Board Member for John C. Dunham STEM school since 2018, currently serving as Treasurer.
  • Committed to Accessibility, Affordability, Diversity, Equality, Safety, and Sustainability.
  • Naperville Township area resident since 2006. Avid supporter/user of Fox Valley Park District programs/facilities.
College of DuPage Trustee
Vote for 3
Florence Appel
  • 32-year career in higher education as faculty, department administrator, union leader and negotiator
  • Proud and outspoken Democrat - volunteer for Sean Casten, Terra Costa Howard; York Township PC
  • Will address enrollment, tuition, revenues, all in the context of moving forward from the pandemic
Don Potoczny
  • Retired Army colonel, board president of DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago public high school administrator
  • Certified Project Management Professional and Senior HR Professional, BA, MS, MSEd, EdD student
  • Brings a lifetime of values-based leadership that can be trusted always to put service above self
Dan Malloy
  • Serving my community as a board member of The La Grange Area Historical
    Society, founder of "Waiola Elevates" non-profit, and local REALTOR®
  • Making COD inclusive, affordable, and accessible for all community members because I believe knowledge is a right, not a privilege
  • As a former COD student, I will advocate for all credits to transfer to four-year public colleges/universities
Nick Howard
  • 23+ year DuPage County resident, Glen Ellyn business owner, and former
    COD adjunct faculty member.
  • Practical experience, business acumen, and educational background will bring common sense to the COD board.
  • Will work to support and advocate for COD's greatest assets - its faculty, staff, and students.
School Board 203
Vote for 4
Charles Cush
  • Business professional with 25+ years experience in marketing, managing large teams and multi-million dollar budgets.
  • Served on School Board for past 4 1/2 years. Helped district earn ranking as top K-12 district in the state.
  • Key Focus Areas: Driving growth for *All* students. College & Career Readiness, and Financial Stewardship.
Kristin Fitzgerald
  • Elected to Board in 2013, brings more than 25 years of education policy
    experience to Board leadership.
  • Tireless champion for all students, resulting in a $2 million annual investment in closing achievement gaps.
  • Priorities: Success for all students, Comprehensive Equity Plan, Partnership with Community, and Budgetary Stewardship.
Donna E. Wandke
  • Passion for education with 29 years of experience, including first as a teacher and then a leader in District 203
  • Current District 203 School Board Vice President and serving since 2013
  • Continued board goals: academic achievement for all and financial stewardship, already saved taxpayers $32.7 million
Amanda McMillen
  • Social worker with over 20 years’ experience working and advocating for children and families.
  • Strengthen the district in diversity, equity, and inclusion and ensure all students are represented.
  • Develop programs that are affordable, relevant, and in Naperville resident's best interests.
IPSD School Board 204
Vote for 4
Susan Taylor-Demming
  • Current #204 School Board member and higher education administrator who champions all district constituents and advocates for underrepresented students and families.
  • Fiscally focused so that taxes are spent wisely, but committed to stellar programs for the success of all students.
  • Will strengthen partnerships with higher education institutions and businesses to improve opportunities for academic success that supports career exploration and college coursework exposure.
Laurie Donahue
  • Elected in 2017. Current secretary of the Indian Prairie District 204 school board.
  • Support *all* *students’ social, emotional, and academic needs allowing them to achieve their greatest potential.
  • Engineer and telecom Senior Director. Led large global teams including a $1B procurement program
Saba Haider
  • Accomplished businesswoman, running business in area of training, coaching, mental health and mindfulness.
  • Community builder and organizer, helping people connect and build a strong and united community.
  • She plans to bring equity, educational and social emotional excellence to school district 204.
Supna Jain
  • Active D204 parent of two boys (3rd & 7th grade), member of PDAC and PTAs
  • Background in law, Professor of Communication Studies, Founder/Artistic Director of NFP dance troupe
  • Will advocate for academic rigor, equity, social-emotional literacy, and post-graduation readiness
Robert O. Harris
  • Focus on students: Persistence, graduation, career options, high achievement, effective learning management tools.
  • Student services: Increase student success by helping all students grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Maintain safe and healthy environments.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Hire effective teachers, school district leaders, and staff committed to evidence-based results and excellence.
Kader Sakkaria
  • Currently, Chief Technology Officer at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a higher education firm. MBA from Kellogg School at Northwestern.
  • From my professional background, I know that higher education is developing rapidly to open up new pathways towards success.
  • We need to prepare every student to achieve success after graduation, however they define it.
Allison Fosdick
  • Supporting students' social and emotional health.
  • Focusing on equity to close the achievement gap and ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.
  • Increasing collaboration and communication between the district, parents, and students.
Aurora Public Library BoardSandeep Londhe
  • Engineer and Business Management professional with 25+ years of experience in Technology, Sales, and Marketing.
  • Co-founder: Aurora businesses that deliver art, design, and tech education. Aurora Indian Community Outreach Board member and Vice President.
  • Key Focus Areas: Deliver knowledge, recreation, and support services to residents through the Aurora library system; Fiscal Stewardship.
Naperville City Council
Vote for 4
Dr Benjamin White (Incumbent)
  • Current Councilman, former IPSD 204 School Board Member, former Fire and Police Commissioner, and retired Army Officer
  • Led the effort in updating the City’s mission statement to include “an inclusive community that values diversity.
  • I want to continue moving Naperville forward through community engagement, sound financial principles, and resourceful public safety.
Allison Longenbaugh
  • 29-year career at J.P. Morgan as operations analyst and change leader.
  • Will actively listen and analyze to execute solutions providing the greatest benefit to all stakeholders.
  • Supports responsible development, affordable housing, and delivering city services residents deserve.
Ian Holzhauer
  • Naperville native; served in Air Force JAG Corps; raising a family of four young children
  • Will promote respect in our community, protect our economy, keep Naperville housing attainable for families
  • Supports transitioning our city away from 90% reliance on coal and embracing renewable energy sources
Mark Urda
  • Forty-year Naperville resident and local business owner.
  • Five years of community service on Naperville Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Focused on championing resident concerns, supporting diversity, and increasing transparency.
John Krummen
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, MBA, Professor of Economic at North Central College
  • Reduced City debt by $ 60 million resulting in $ 4 million yearly savings and maintained AAA Bond rating, with Level Property Taxes
  • Initiated the Sustainability and Clean Energy Task Force and active in National Inclusion and Diversity Councils
James Haselhorst
  • Over 30 years government experience between time in the Navy and with the USDA
  • Over 25 years in Naperville as a community activist and volunteer
  • ver 25 years of familiarity with Naperville government from participating in committee/board/council meetings
Naperville Park Board
Vote for 4
Mary Gibson
  • Former Director at a data analytics firm, mother of three young children, and active community volunteer
  • Will prioritize quality and affordable programing, classes, and events for all Naperville residents
  • Committed to making Naperville Park District a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability
Alison Thompson
  • Manager and leader in a photography company for 8 years, in addition to running a successful small business.
  • Grew up in Naperville, using the park district services, and moved back to raise a family here.
  • Develop programs that are affordable, relevant, and in Naperville resident's best interests.
Leslie Ruffing
  • Community activist focusing on gun violence prevention and safety. Volunteer chair of multiple PTA committees.
  • 15+ years as a Structured Settlement Broker supporting clients so that the injured party’s needs are protected.
  • A leader for the board who is committed to fairness, accountability, and fiscal responsibility while keeping nature conservation at the forefront of decision-making.
Rhonda Ansier
  • Accessibility and Affordability: I support quality programs that are available to all Naperville citizens regardless of their abilities or socioeconomic status.
  • Accountability: I will make decisions that are fair and based on community needs, rather than on the interests of any board member.
  • Association: I will promote programs that bring citizens together as a community, and that recognize Naperville's diversity.
DuPage County Educational Service Regional Board of Trustees
Full 6-Year Term
David R. Griffith
  • Retired 34-year teacher, SD #203. 14 years as President of Naperville Unit Education Association.
  • Retired from IEA. 10-year advocate for public education employees and promoting sound educational practices.
  • Focus on protecting the quality of public education in our county.
Naperville Township - SupervisorEddie Bedford
  • Retired educator. Naperville School District #203, Eastern Michigan University, North Central College.
  • Researcher / Presenter - Negro Baseball League.
  • Successful transfer of Naperville Township Road District into the Naperville Township as a department May 2021 under direction of Naperville Township Board of Trustees.
Naperville Township - ClerkNate Sippel
  • Graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Political Science.
  • Formerly served as Community Outreach Liaison for Rep. Stephanie Kifowit.
  • Serves as Executive Director to DuPage Democrats.
Naperville Township
Vote for 4
Loretta Burke
  • Promote awareness of the range of services the Township offers.
  • Provide transparency in the Township’s operations and fiscal policies.
  • Work to reduce the tax burden upon Township residents.
Julie Federico
  • Incumbent Trustee; 30+ year resident of Naperville and Precinct Committeeperson
  • Continue Democratic activities at the Township, working cooperatively with the team of Trustees
  • Support Supervisor Bedford as Naperville Township consolidates the Highway Department
John Waller
  • Naperville resident since 1993, HOA President since 2008
  • Drive down Township costs using 30+ years of work experience in cost savings, logistics, and analyzing market trends
  • Active volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Hesed House, and Feed My Starving Children
Jennifer Dianna Franklin
  • Former Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
  • Promote fiscal accountability and resident education regarding Township operations and services.
  • Serves as a Precinct Committeeperson for Naperville Township Democrats.