Variety of candidates fight for school board positions in both districts

Lisa Glass

Election Guide

D202 Candidates

Five candidates are vying for four seats on the District 202 Board of Education. The winners will take their seats in November 2001.

Steven Gilford, attorney

The president of the board, he seeks re-election for a third term.

Margaret Lurie, co-owner of an Evanston boutique, Possibilities

An eleven-year veteran and vice president of the board, she seeks re-election for a fourth term.

Willie Miller Jr., general counsel for ABN AMRO, a $60 billion bank

He was elected president of the board in November 2000 and seeks re-election to a third term.

Martha Burns, employment counselor CEDA/Neighbors at Work

She is the co-president of the Evanston-Skokie Council of PTAs, past co-president of the Orrington School PTA and has served on the ETHS School Improvement Team.

Ross Friedman, investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor

Liaison to the board for the PTSA served on three subcommittees of the School Improvement Team. Also executive board member for the local chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.

D65 Candidates

Six candidates are competing for four spots on the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board. President Walter Carlson and incumbent board members Lisa Kupferberg and Rosie Rees are not seeking re-election.

Mary Erickson

The only incumbent seeking re-election, she seeks a second term. Her priorities include lessening the achievement gap, improving communication between teachers and administrators, and moving forward with building and capital improvement projects.

Mary Rita Luecke, attorney

A past co-president of the Chute Middle School and Walker School PTAs, she wants to make financial accountability a major issue and stresses the importance of standards testing.

Robert Eder, chief financial officer for a social service agency

A graduate of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, he wants to look carefully at the district’s finances.

Anne Sills, caterer

Co-president of the D65 Council of PTAs, she has stated her support for the district’s community workshops on its long-term strategic plan.

Marjorie Kriz, retired journalist

An alumna of Northwestern’s School of Speech, District 202 and District 65, she wants to encourage university partnerships.

Hecky Powell, owner of Hecky’s Barbecue and Catering

His priorities are school uniforms, busing, discipline and the lack of a school in the fifth ward.