Morton residents meet Village President candidates and more

By Audrey Williams

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill -- We are just about a month away from the April 9th consolidated election, and Morton residents are getting a chance to learn more about their candidates.

At a candidate forum Thursday night, citizens heard from park district, school board, village board, and village president candidates.

With current Village President Norm Durflinger vacating his post, Ron Rainson and Stephen Newhouse are looking for a chance to lead and grow the village.

They told citizens, they each have experience that lends itself to the position and will meet the needs of the growing community.

"Morton's principal needs are to protect the qualities of the community that we all treasure and at the same time to provide for the growth that is necessary to meet all of the village's needs in the future," said Newhouse.

Rainson said, "That includes managing the safety of the citizens, the soundness of the system-water and waste and roads and bridges-and also to make sure we don't borrow a lot of money to build some things we don't need right now."

The other contested Village Board seat is for the two-year term left by former trustee Tony Huette. Running for the position is business owner Maria Abel and current trustee Sam Heer.

There are five candidates running for three available seats on the Morton Park District Board, those include Oz Bakirdan, Jim Ingold, Mark Johnson, Scott Lennington and Fred Remmert. Ingold, Remmert and Johnson currently serve on the board.

For the Morton School Board five candidates are running for three seats. Tom Neeley and Clint Heinold will be running for re-election. David Durflinger, Kelly Scarfe and Mike Vlahos will be running for their first term.

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