Only four candidates file for eight D79, D80 board positions

Districts 79 and 80 are both short two candidates, creating opportunity for write-in candidates

For the District 80 board of education, current board members Renzo Berardi and Maria Lala have filed for two of District 80’s four open board positions.

Tim Ludston, elected in 2017 as a write-in, and Pasquale Biondo, re-elected in 2017, did not file to appear on the ballot as of the December 21 2020 deadline.

At District 79, David Tarjan and Shiela Wachholder, both incumbents, submitted paperwork for re-election.

Current board president Michael Malusa, on the board since 1993, and board member Michael Beckman, did not file for re-election.


The lack of candidates to fill the available seats presents an opportunity for write-in candidates to secure a seat on these elected boards without having to collect the 50 minimum signatures required to be on the ballot.

In Cook County, write-in candidates must submit forms to the Cook County Clerk for votes to be counted.

To become a write-in candidate, one must file a notarized Declaration of Intent and Statement of Economic Interest with the County Clerk’s office.

The deadline to submit the forms is February 4 2021.

If enough write-ins do not file, the boards of education for each district will fill the vacancies by appointment, which are effective until the next scheduled election.

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