Deerfield caucus announces endorsements
Updated: November 27, 2012 11:10PM
DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Village Caucus announced its slate of candidates today for the three open village trustee seats and mayoral chair.
The endorsed candidates include Mayor Harriet Rosenthal, village trustees Alan Farkas and Barb Struthers and plan commission member Rob Nadler. The election will take place April 9, 2013.
Nadler will be running for a trustee position for the first time, while Farkas and Struthers will be finishing their first and second terms, respectively.
The caucus’ nominating committee said it reached its decision after completing rounds of interviews with six candidates who sought endorsements. Trustee Mary Oppenheim and plan commission member Jim Moyer, also running for trustee, did not receive endorsements.
“The caucus has been a historically good way for voters to meet the candidates,” said Eric Hogberg, chairman to the caucus’ advisory committee.
Voters will get the chance to meet the candidates face to face on Dec. 4 at what is billed as a “Town Hall Meeting.” All registered voters in incoroporated Deerfield are invited to Caruso Middle School at 7p.m. to meet the candidates and vote on the final slate.
Although Oppenheim and Moyer were not endorsed, Hogberg said they can still attend the meeting and request, from the floor, to be nominated to the slate as well. Oppenheim said that is just her plan.
“I plan to attend the town meeting and ask the people for their support,” she said. “I will run again for my seat.”
Oppenheim said it has been an honor to serve Deerfield for the past four years, and that her work “is not done yet.”
“All the people at the meeting vote on which candidates they prefer,” Oppenheim added. “I’m a big believer in the caucus system.”
Hogberg said anyone can still run for village office, however, without receiving a caucus endorsement.
“Anyone can run at large,” Hogberg said. “It happens frequently; a number have run for mayor or trustee who are not on the caucus (slate).”
For more information on the caucus, visit DeerfieldCaucus.org.