About two years after the Bolingbrook United Party was formed and decided to challenge village leadership, the group is up and organizing again with candidates to run in 2019.
Bolingbrook United announced its 2019 slate of candidates Wednesday.
The party ran five candidates for the April 2017 election, including Will County Board member Jackie Traynere to challenge Mayor Roger Claar.
Bolingbrook United did manage to get longtime resident Bob Jaskiewicz elected as village trustee, with other candidates coming close to winning. The group touted its success, while the Bolingbrook First Party outspent it, in a news release.
“This strong showing from what was a grass-roots effort confirmed the village residents are no longer satisfied,” according to the release.
Bolingbrook United will run three candidates for village trustee: Ajaz Gill, a 30-year resident of the village, Jaime Olson, a 12-year resident and trained lawyer, and Terri Ransom, a 19-year resident and IT professional. Olson ran for village clerk and Ransom ran for trustee, both on the Bolingbrook United slate in 2017.
They will be running against current Village Trustees Deresa Hoogland, Ricardo Morales and Sheldon Watts. Watts was appointed to fill a vacancy late in 2017 after the death of Village Deputy Mayor Leroy Brown, who had served the village since 1993.
The party is also running three candidates for Valley View District 365U School Board: Sandra Carlson, a 23-year resident and clinical professional counselor, Charlotte Droogan, a 54-year resident and a retired third-grade teacher in VVSD, and Mustafa Syed, a 15-year resident and IT professional.
There will also be three candidates running for the Fountaindale Library Board of Trustees: Otis Gatlin, a 13-year resident and a mortgage underwriter for Chase Bank, Ryan Harter, an eight-year resident who is part of a small mobile app business, and Deb Savage, a 12-year resident who serves as an elected Will County Regional School Board trustee.
The party also will run one candidate for the local park district board, Saud Gazanfer, a 15-year resident and software engineer.
Municipal election day is April 2, 2019.