The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 9, 2013

2 incumbents unseated on District 118 board

Halloran, Henderson earn places

BY CAROL ROEHM
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Incumbents Dr. Randal Ashton and Frank Young will return to their posts for four more years on the Danville District 118 Board of Education, while newcomers Darlene Halloran and Lon Henderson will fill vacancies left by Dan Brown and Greg Hilleary, who both sought re-election.

Candidates Johnnie Carey, Phyllis Roth and David Woodrow rounded out the election for school board.

In the city, the unofficial vote totals were: Halloran, 1,808; Ashton, 1,638; Young, 1,353; Henderson, 1,329; Carey, 1,265; Roth, 899; Brown, 879; Hilleary, 817; and Woodrow, 661.

In the county, the unofficial vote totals were: Halloran, 467; Young, 440; Ashton, 436; Henderson, 356; Hilleary, 332; Brown, 322; Roth, 296; Carey, 238; and Woodrow, 210.

Halloran, the top vote-getter of the night, said she was honored by the show of support from the community.

“It’s a rewarding feeling to find out how much support you have in the community,” she said. “I have always been a cheerleader for this community, and it’s an honor to be in a role that will shape the future.”

Halloran said one of her top priorities when she is seated on the school board is “creating a better relationship with the (teachers’) union and the administration.

“I will bring the skills that are needed to the table and I look forward to making it happen,” she said of improving the rapport between the two sides.

Ashton said he is ready to return to the school board to focus on school finance, Common Core standards and other curricular issues.

“We have to keep the financial stability of the school district at the forefront and minimize the impact on the classroom,” he said.

Ashton said he also was looking forward to seeing the East Park Elementary School renovations through to completion.

“I’m tickled to death that they’re going to have a gorgeous school like South View and North Ridge,” he said.

Young said his focus when he returns to the school board is “how best can we educate our children with the resources we can afford.”

Young lamented that he “wished the state would get their house in order, but we’ll deal with it.”

Henderson said, “I’m excited for the opportunity. I’m really pleased that the community has confidence in me.”

“I want to thank my friends and family who gave me the opportunity to serve,” he said.

“The community had nine quality people to choose from, so I’m honored they chose me.”

DACC trustees

Based on unofficial vote totals from the City of Danville and Vermilion County, trustee Dr. Ronald Serfoss will return to his seat on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees, joined by newcomer Greg Wolfe of Oakwood.

Incumbent Serfoss, a Danville optometrist, sought reelection to his six-year post, while newcomers Wolfe, a senior sales executive, and Carle-Hoopeston Area Community Hospital CEO Harry Brockus competed for a second six-year seat that was vacated by retired judge John O’Rourke.

In the city, the vote totals were: Serfoss, 2,306; Wolfe, 1,427; and Brockus, 748.

In the county, the vote totals were: Serfoss, 4,347; Wolfe, 3,984; and Brockus, 2,474.

DACC’s district also covers small portions of Champaign, Edgar, Ford and Iroquois counties. Those vote totals were not available late Tuesday.

Serfoss said, “When the voters re-elect you, it’s an honor.”

“DACC has had excellent trustees for years,” he said, listing off the likes of George Richards, Nancy Bates and the late Ed Layden.

“If I can scratch the surface of the quality of trustees we’ve had in the past, then I’ll consider it a job well done.”

Serfoss added that he welcomed Wolfe, who had been president of the Oakwood School Board for years, to the DACC board and “his understanding of school finance.”

Wolfe said he was excited to be elected as DACC trustee and looked forward to the challenge of learning community college protocol.

“I’m excited and so appreciative of the community support,” he said. “I have 12 years of understanding lobbying and education funding.”