Madison County voters will elect candidates from 10 County Board districts in the Tuesday, March 18, primary.
Democratic primary ballot
District 5: No candidate
District 9: Incumbent James “Jim” Dodd, of Alton, is running for a four-year term.
District 10: Incumbent Bruce Malone, of Alton, is running for a four-year term.
District 11: Unexpired two-year term, no candidate filed.
District 12: Steven L. Kochan, of Wood River, is running for a four-year term.
District 14: No candidate
District 16: Incumbent Helen M. Hawkins, of Granite City, is running for a four-year term.
District 21: Incumbent Arthur Asadorian, of Granite City, is running for a four-year term.
District 23: Incumbent Gussie Glasper, of Venice, is running for a four-year term.
District 24: No candidate filed.
Third Judicial Circuit: Clarence Harrison is running to fill a judicial vacancy.
County Clerk: Incumbent Debbie Ming-Mendoza, of Granite City, is running for a four-year term.
County Treasurer: Marleen Suarez, of Collinsville, is running for a four-year term.
Regional Superintendent of Schools (Madison County): Incumbent Robert A. Daiber is running for a four-year term.
Regional Superintendent of Schools (Calhoun, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin counties): Incumbent Larry Pfeiffer and challenger David Schwartz, both of Carlinville, are running for a four-year term.
Republican primary ballot
District 5: Incumbent Michael (Mick) Madison is running for a four-year term.
District 9: Terrence G. Peterson is running for a four-year term.
District 10: No candidate
District 11: Incumbent Brad Maxwell, of Edwardsville, and challenger Don Weber, of Troy, are running for an unexpired two-year term.
Maxwell, 42, was appointed in November 2013 to fill the remaining term of Jean Myers after she retired. He works in government computing security for Boeing and retired from the Air Force in 2011.
Maxwell said he wants to continue Myers’ legacy of public service.
“I’ve spent my whole life trying to serve my country and my neighbors, my friends and my family,” he said. “I’m the guy you call when you have a problem. Folks are going to have the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want the service that they’ve come to know and appreciate from both my predecessor and myself.”
He became interested in county government a couple of years ago when his homeowner’s insurance jumped by $1,000 per year because his home is in a volunteer fire district.
“One of the things I want to do on the board is see if there’s a way around it,” he said. “In rural Madison County, there’s a lot of folks that live outside a full-time fire department.”
He and the county board member from Marine, Kelly Tracy, are studying the possibility of getting at least one paid member on the Marine department to improve the fire insurance rating.
Another issue for Maxwell, a member of the planning and development committee, is ensuring growth in the Illinois 255 corridor doesn’t negatively affect residents or property values.
Maxwell said he signed the petition to put an $18.8 million jail renovation bond issue on the March 18 ballot.
“It should be up to the voters,” he said. “I do believe there are some remodels and some projects that need to be done; I believe the county has the money to do those things. To take out a bond issue to do it, I don’t agree with at all.”
Weber, 65, served as Madison County state’s attorney from 1980 to 1984 and is a former Third Judicial Circuit judge.
Weber said he doesn’t like how the county handled the $18.8 million bond issue to pay for jail renovations. Funds were available for the project but the board opted to increase taxes by issuing bonds, he said. In response, Weber joined an effort to gather 23,000 signatures in 30 days to put the issue on the March 18 ballot.
“All of us citizens had to do all that work between Thanksgiving and Christmas because the County Board cowardly decided to put in this back-door tax increase,” Weber said. “I was very much opposed to that; I think we should vote no on the tax increase. I think there should have been stronger opposition to that, particularly from the County Board member from this district.“
Weber credited Republican Treasurer Kurt Prenzler for leading the petition drive.
“I really want to be a voice to support our Republican treasurer, Kurt Prenzler, who really needs some support from the county board,” Weber said.
He said Prenzler cut his office’s budget 30 percent while increasing services and the rest of the county should enact 20 to 30 percent across-the-board budget cuts.
As an example of an issue that needed closer scrutiny from the board, Weber cited former Treasurer Fred Bathon taking bribes from tax buyers to increase the penalty rate on defaulting property owners from 2 percent to 18 percent. Bathon was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison in December for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act; prosecutors said he rigged the tax sales to benefit political contributors.
Weber said the board should have questioned Bathon under oath.
“They knew what he was doing, they were watching it, and they did nothing,” he said. “The reason I would be a good member of the County Board is I will ask those questions that need to be asked.”
District 12: No candidate
District 14: Incumbent Tom McRae, of Bethalto, is running for a four-year term.
District 16: No candidate
District 21: No candidate
District 23: No candidate
District 24: Incumbent Jamie Goggin, of Edwardsville, is running for a four-year term.
Third Judicial Circuit: John B. Barberis Jr. is running to fill a judicial vacancy.
County Clerk: Stephen J. Adler, of Alton, is running for a four-year term.
County Treasurer: Incumbent Kurt Prenzler, of Edwardsville, is running for a four-year term.
Regional Superintendent of Schools: No candidate for Madison County or for Calhoun, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin counties.
Staunton School District voters will decide a proposition to increase the limiting rate by 1 percent under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. The new rate would be equal to 3.8 percent of the district’s equalized assessed value and would increase extendable taxes from $3,055,950 to $4,146,279.
The tax caps law, which is approved by referendum, limits property tax extensions to the lesser of 5 percent or the increase in the national Consumer Price Index for the year preceding the levy year. Voters can approve an increase for taxing bodies.