Proviso Together candidates prevail

Incumbents win second terms

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

On Tuesday, all three Proviso Together candidates won their bids for reelection to the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board — holding off tough challenges from a slate that shared a nearly identical name and a lone unaffiliated candidate who hauled in more money than both slates.

Proviso Together members Theresa Kelly, Claudia Medina and Nathan "Ned" Wagner  garnered 22 percent, 20 percent and 18 percent of the vote, respectively. Their challengers running on the Proviso United slate — Beverly Robertson, Laighton Scott and Denard Wade — garnered 11 percent, 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Sandy Aguirre, who was running alone, garnered 10 percent of the vote. Aguirre raised more than $16,000 during the race — $15,000 of which came from political committees connected to Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico.

In the weeks and months ahead of the election, Aguirre stressed that her ties to the mayor — who sustained close connections to D209 contractors before they were ousted by the Proviso Together candidates after the party won a supermajority on the board in 2017 — were based on mutual concerns about the state of the district's schools.

Proviso Together candidates, however, said that Aguirre's backing seemed eerily timed, considering that the district is poised to spend millions on facility improvements.

Proviso Together candidates could not be reached late Tuesday night for comment.


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Rosalio Medina  

Posted: April 9th, 2019 11:37 AM

Has been the must hard months in our life ,our kids feeling the pinch of our hard work against politician that use the tax payer money to run people ,Thanks our comunity sent a clear and loud message to them we are not for sale, and we will continuing fighting as a grassroots movement tha it was born on the heart of our comunity ,see you on the road.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 9:39 AM

A Black female, a Hispanic female and a white male. Doesn't get more rainbow than that. Glad to see that Proviso voters saw through a token Hispanic female puppet whose bills were paid by an old school Italian politician, and whose strings would have been pulled by that same man.

Michelle Andres Fitz-Henry  

Posted: April 4th, 2019 9:15 AM

Another example of how "money can't buy you love." Good job Proviso Together. We are with you!

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