Deerfield caucus officially endorses mayor, three trustees
Updated: December 11, 2012 10:03PM
DEERFIELD — Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and three sitting village trustees were officially slated for this spring’s ballot at Tuesday night’s Deerfield Village Caucus town hall meeting, held at Caruso Middle School.
Those three trustees are Alan Farkas, Mary Oppenheim and Barbara Struthers. Farkas and Struthers received initial endorsement from the caucus, and Oppenheim received a floor nomination and enough votes to get on the slate.
Rob Nadler, who is running for a trustee seat for the first time, received initial endorsement, but failed to receive enough votes from the public. Nadler was unable to attend Monday’s meeting, but sent a prepared message, which was read.
Jim Moyer, who currently sits on the village’s planning commission, received a floor nomination, but not enough votes to make the slate.
Mayor Rosenthal and the trustee candidates answered a series of questions from the public, ranging from taxes, water supply and small business planning.
Don Anderson, of the caucus’s nominating committee, said the turnout was “solid,” with 163 votes cast.
“The turnout was (great) for an uncontested mayoral year,” Anderson said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to endorse or modify the report of the nominating committee, and I think that makes us stronger. After all, this is a 56-year-old process that’s served the village really well.”
When asked about the turnout of the night’s vote, Oppenheim said, “that’s the way it works.
“That’s happened many times at the town hall meeting,” Oppenheim said, referring to getting enough votes for the slate, despite not receiving an initial endorsement. “It’s a great system. Lots of people come out because they are interested and I’m very gratified, honored and thrilled that people had enough confidence in me to vote.”
The deadline for candidates to file with the State Board of Elections for the April 9 election is Dec. 26, 2012.