Change 150 hopes to send District 150 a message election day

By Audrey Wise

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A group of concerned citizens is asking Peoria School Board District three voters to send a message March 18.

The group called Change 150 is asking people to vote for Sue Wolstenholm, even though she no longer wants the position.

Change 150 is a group pushing for a shake-up of District 150 leaders and they see the upcoming school board race as a chance for change.

Wolstenholm is running against incumbent Laura Petelle. Wolstenholm has decided she no longer wants to serve, but is allowing Change 150 to run her campaign.

Wolstenholm released a statement saying, "My name is on the ballot to give those who seek change in the make-up of the board an opportunity to affect that change."

"Voting for Sue is not a wasted vote. It is a statement that we are engaged and we expect change in the highest levels of leadership in District 150," said Change 150 spokesperson Sea Stipe.

If Wolstenholm is elected, the School Board would decide who would fill the seat.

Stipe said, "We would hope to give the board a listed of vetted candidates and say here are people we believe have District 150's best interests in mind."

Laura Petelle said she has reached out to the group, but they have been unresponsive.

"Even my opponent said that I was the most responsive member on the board. It doesn't make sense to try to vote out the most responsive member on the board to have someone put in that role by the board that they dislike," said Petelle.

Petelle said she can't run against an organization and will continue to focus on the issues important to her.

Now it's up to voters to decide the message they will send with their vote on March 18.

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