Two challengers, one incumbent win School District 709 election

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

The numbers are in and the April 7 consolidated elections are over. 

The heated Morton Community Unit School District 709 election retained one incumbent, President Michelle Bernier, and two challengers, Shad Beaty and Jeff Schmidgall.

Beaty won the most votes with 1,862 (19.2 percent) with Schmidgall close behind with 1,736 (17.9 percent). Bernier won back her seat with 1,458 (15 percent).

Three other candidates were shy of getting elected, but still obtained over 1,000 votes. 

Incumbent Tim Taylor clocked in 1,388 votes and John Applen fell short with 1,279. David King tallied 620.

The new faces on the board, Beaty and Schmidgall, both opposed the building of a new high school during their campaign runs.

Out of the 13,649 registered voters, 9,696 showed up to the polls April 7 or submitted an absentee, early or grace period votes.

The District 709 election was the only one that was contested.

Elected to the Morton Park District Board was Tate Kaiser and Jerry Metz.

Allan Hart and Michele Kuhl were elected to the Morton Public Library Board.

For the Morton Village Board elections, Randy Belsley and Sam Heer were re-elected and Rod Blunier will join the trustees after Stephen Newhouse announced his retirement in December.