2019 Election Candidate Guide

Welcome to the O’Fallon Weekly 2019 Election Candidate Guide.

We have partnered with the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce to bring you information about the candidates running for local office, directly from the candidates themselves. Each person running in a contested election was sent the questionnaire and many chose to submit answers. The answers will be listed by position and the candidates will be listed alphabetically.

We are proud to promote an informed and educated electorate and hope you will take the time to read what the people running to represent you have to say. 

Thank you and remember to vote on Tuesday, April 2.

Alderman for O’Fallon Ward 2

Robert W. Kueker

Profession: Retired Banker

First time running for public office? No 

Terms in Current Office: One 4year term

Other Public Offices Held: Ten years as a member of the O’Fallon District 90 Board of Education, Two years as a member of the O’Fallon Library Board

I want to continue as an Alderman to repay the City of O’Fallon for giving me and my family a great place to grow up. I want to extend everything we enjoyed about living in O’Fallon to others who live here in the future. My experiences while living in O’Fallon have given me a deep appreciation and respect for our residents and the quality of life we share. My wife, Betty, and I met while in high school at OTHS. We raised our sons here. My past community service includes ten years on the District 90 Board of Education, two years on the Library Board and four years on the City Council. I am also a Shriner, a member of the O’Fallon Boosters and am active at our church. My background shows my dedication to the community and desire to serve.

The biggest challenge our city faces is managing growth, while prioritizing public safety, infrastructure needs and maintaining our present and future quality of life. I am a risk averse financial conservative and will make the best decisions to assure your money is spent in the most fiscally responsible manner to address these challenges . Our schools are a priority for our quality of life and our growth, and must be considered in our decisions. I will support smart growth which will add to the taxes received by schools and the other taxing bodies. I will support balanced budgets which prioritize public safety and infrastructure. Our residents deserve to feel safe in their surroundings, to be provided with high quality infrastructure and enjoy a great quality of life in a cost-effective manner.

Jessica Lotz

Profession: Leadership & Development Coordinator, Chamber of Commerce

First time running for public office? Yes

I’m running for City Council because my talents and experiences align with what O’Fallon needs at this time.

Most importantly, I’m an engaged resident. Through my participation on various boards of directors, local fundraising organizations, the PTO and the Chamber of Commerce, I’ve been involved in building O’Fallon through service to others. I enjoy seeing others succeed.

I also serve on the regional board for a Fortune 500 company. Board service has given me tremendous experience working with diverse people. I’ve learned how to sit back and listen, consider perspectives other than my own and work collaboratively with others to achieve progress. I’m confident I can bring this history of cooperation to the Council.

I have economic development ideas to ensure we’re creating positive experiences in our Family Sports Park for our residents and for the thousands of visitors who attend tournaments. Capturing maximum value by expanding the retail experience for visitors is one of the most efficient ways to minimize residential property taxes while maintaining steady and increasing revenue streams for city infrastructure and other development.

My professional experience is in healthcare. For 10+ years, I managed the largest family practice clinic in O’Fallon. As we consider how to position our community to be the regional leader in healthcare delivery, I’m the right fit for evaluating how government can be an integral part of that success.

Keeping up with city government can be time consuming. I plan to use social media to leverage communication with Ward 2 residents and efficiently keep our citizens involved with what’s happening in our community .

I’m running for Alderman because I’m passionate about serving our community. I have participated in city meetings for several years and I know my thoughtful approach to economic development and effective communication make me the right fit for O’Fallon.

Alderman for O’Fallon Ward 4

Sarah Atterberry

Profession: Paraprofessional, OTHS

First time running for public office? Ye

Mary Lynam-Miller

Profession: Public Relations and Marketing Liaison

First time running for public office? Yes

I am Mary Lynam-Miller and I am running to be Alderwoman in Ward 4. I am also the Marketing and Public Relations Liaison for Clinton Manor Living Center, one of the highest rated skilled nursing homes in the Metro East. I serve on the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce’s Community Health and Wellness Committee and I graduated from the Chamber’s Leadership Institute in 2018.

I want to see our community flourish for many generations through thoughtful growth, efficient spending and safe infrastructure. I will prioritize keeping our downtown thriving, maintaining the warm and close community O’Fallon is known for in growth decisions, ensuring the vendors we choose are delivering high quality services, and continuing the effective delivery of public services.

My twins are first graders at LaVerna Evans, where I volunteer with the PTO and am the co-chair of the box tops program. As a mom of young children, I have an in depth understanding of how city policies impact families in our neighborhoods. I also believe that our growing, diverse community deserves a city council that is representative of what our city looks like. Regularly attending council and committee meetings over the last year makes me ready to serve my neighbors on day one.

I earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2001, and spent more than 14 years working as a Program Director of Home and Community-Based Programs for people with disabilities and seniors. I’ve worked with both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, including serving as the youngest State Director of Services for The MENTOR Network. There I directed the creation of two new programs and managed a multi -million-dollar annual budget. With my experience, I will bring a business mindset to the council.

Please consider voting for me on Tuesday, April 2!

Todd Roach

Profession: Human Resources

First time running for public office? No 

Terms in current/previous office 2

Other public offices held: O’Fallon District #90 School Board Member, Vice President and O’Fallon Township Trustee

I look forward to representing everyone within Ward 4 and throughout the City of O’Fallon. Having served on the District 90 School Board and the O’Fallon Township Board of Trustees I have had the great pleasure of gaining the understanding of the complexities of local government including its capabilities and limitations.

The Primary role of an alderman should be as an advocate for the people of their neighborhoods. There are many issues that will come before us in the next few years. They include issues of public safety, decreasing the tax burden on our citizens, improving aging infrastructure such as roads and sewers, and making smart growth decisions that improve the quality of life for everyone.

Second, and alderman should be a vital and active communications link between the people and the city. Communication should always be open and honest with regular Ward Townhall Meetings to keep residents informed.

The issues before us continue to be balancing fiscal responsibility with sound judgment. As a small business owner, I know what it means to watch your expenses and to balance a budget.

I believe that the foundation of any thriving community should include a smart-growth focus. With my many years of corporate management experience I know the importance of planning for long term objectives.

I was born here, I grew up here, and I have had the pleasure to serve the community I love for over ten years. I believe my passion for this community combined with my management experience and years as a small business owner give me a unique perspective needed to help our city.

While there are many capable candidates I believe my years of service, knowledge and experience make me the most qualified choice. I hope I can count on your support and vote on April 2nd.

Alderman for O’Fallon Ward 5

Chris Hursey

First time running for public office? No

Terms in current/previous office? 1

Other public offices held: Alderman

Thank you for your consideration for me becoming your Alderman. My goal is to proudly serve the constituents of Ward 5 (the best Ward in O’Fallon) and serve as a great team member to the rest of the Aldermen and Alderwomen across O’Fallon. We live in a great city and I want to continue to be apart of our communities success.

Gwendolyn Randolph

Gwendolyn Randolph is a teacher in East St. Louis School District 189 where she was hired in 2017 to serve in the role as a science content specialist for grades PK-12. For the past 8 months she has fulfilled a vacant seat on the O’Fallon city council for Ward 5. Ms. Randolph was selected from a talented group of applicants in August 2018 where she accepted an appointment from the Mayor and approval of the city council to complete a remaining term for Ward 5.

Gwendolyn brings a wealth of experiences to the city council as well as diversity. She is an 18-year educator who served in leadership roles (principal and supervisor) in St . Louis Public Schools and as Chair of Professional Development and a science teacher in the Hazelwood School district in Florissant, MO. She is no stranger to the responsibility and decision-making process in public office as she successfully ran and was elected to the Ferguson Florissant School Board in 2000 where she served in the capacities as Board Vice President, Secretary, and Legislative Delegate during her 6 years of office. Her military background as an Air Traffic Controller and ATC (Air Traffic Control) Facility Supervisor gave her knowledge of basic traffic and transportation safety and logistics.

The mother of one grown son it has always been her thrust to support community efforts that involves improving the quality of life. She has poured this determination in every aspect of her life which serves her well on the two committees Public Safety and Public Works to which she was assigned as a city council member. At an early age she learned the importance of feeling safe where you live and the need to provide everyone an opportunity to live better. Gwendolyn transferred that passion to her daily work where she once served as a parole officer and juvenile correctional counselor for the State of Tennessee.

An advocate for learning which also supports the quality of life Gwendolyn is currently pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in Science Education and Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Missouri, St . Louis. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in biology with an endorsement in Secondary Education (double major) from LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN. Gwendolyn has resided in O’Fallon, Illinois for 6 years. She is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois and the youngest of three siblings.

Alderman for O’Fallon Ward 6

Casey Scharven

Profession : Logistics

First time running for public office? Yes 

My family and I have lived in O’Fallon since 2004, completing a 20-year Air Force career in 2008 and continuing to work at Scott AFB. When people ask why I’d like to be an Alderman, it’s simple – to give back to a community that has been our home for many years. I believe we are at a crossroads for O’Fallon, in that we are facing tough economic challenges in the future and we need to plan well to ensure we are prepared. O’Fallon is well-placed for growth and we need to make smart decisions as we move forward. We need to make sure that all O’Fallon is taken care of, from schools to infrastructure to people – everything that goes to making O’Fallon a super place to live.

An Alderman is a representative for our citizens, and I want to make sure their voices are heard in City Hall. I want to make sure we’re making smart budget decisions and always looking for innovative ways to get the job done while being a good steward of the public funds we’re entrusted with. I want to make sure our schools continue to be top notch and a reason many wish to settle here. I want to make sure we give businesses an opportunity to succeed with fair and reasonable oversight. I want to make sure we take care of our infrastructure – our roads and sewers, for example, to make sure future citizens enjoy the same great town we enjoy today. It’s our Town!

Tom Vorce

Profession: USDA, Plant Health Safeguarding Specialist

First time running for public office? Yes 

I’m a proud long-term resident of O’Fallon who believes in listening to concerns and representing you on the city council in a way that each individual feels valued and treated fairly.

I believe that O’Fallon is on a good path and I am running for Alderman to serve our city and encourage smart, sustainable growth through a plan that is diverse and fiscally responsible.

US Navy Veteran (1986-1992)

Operated a retail store & restaurant (1992-1998) BS in Forestry from Michigan Tech-2000 O’Fallon resident since July 2007

USDA (& DHS) employee for 18+ years

Actively Volunteer in District 90 Schools every week for 10+ years, including PTO President at CarrieI Led Cub Scouts & All Pro Dad Program at Laverna Evans Elementary School

Coach: Soccer, Basketball & Lacrosse (currently) through Parks & Rec

Active in Methodist Church – trustee, usher, emergency response team, vacation bible schools, & missions 

Family

My wife, Lisa and I have been married for 18 years. We have two children: Maddy, a sophomore at OTHS; and Ben is a seventh grader at CarrieI. Missy and Maggie, two small dogs complete our family.

Diversity

Ward 6 has it all. Single family homes, duplexes, apartments, small businesses, agricultural fields, schools, a park, churches, and even City Hall. The areas around us are some of the fastest growing.

Accountability

I have the time and concern for our community to invest in it on city council. I pledge to make myself available to listen to the concerns of those in my ward and represent them to the city council.

A Few Upcoming Impacts for Ward 6

-Agricultural field across from the Blade building on Pierce Blvd & Green Mount Rd.

-Southview Plaza, not in Ward 6 but adjacent to it and will affect our traffic.

-Lake drainage South of Pierce Blvd.

Alderman for O’Fallon Ward 7

Brian Gibson

I am the son of an Air Force Veteran. I have lived all over the world. When my wife and I started our family, we chose to raise our kids in O’Fallon over 20 years ago. We are very fortunate to have raised two children in the O’Fallon School Districts. My daughter, Kirsten (22) is currently pursuing a bachelor’s and master’s in Speech Pathology and my son Josh (18) is a Senior at OTHS. My wife, Melissa and I have been married for 23 years. Professionally, I am a senior level executive with over 25 years of business leadership in banking. I am a Senior Vice President – President of the Metro East Region. I bring a diverse background and proven track record in management, business development and delivering a high level of customer service. In my current role I am responsible for managing all commercial banking activities and the orchestration of all aspects of the Bank’s business development in the Metro East region. I am a 1992 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I have served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois and Boy Scouts of America St Louis. My hobbies include mentoring young men and coaching youth sports. I also enjoy attending sporting events and spending quality time with family and friends. If I am blessed enough to earn your vote, I hope to utilize my 25 years of corporate experience to benefit the constituents of the 7th Ward. I am running for Alderman because my family and I love the city of O’Fallon. I want to utilize my gifts and talents to make a difference and give back to our community.

Nathan Parchman

Profession: Wealth Advisor

First time running for public office? Yes

The largest challenge that I see for myself when elected, will be to keep O’Fallon moving and progressing. The past and currently elected aldermen have done an amazing job growing our town, and it will be my job to follow in their footsteps to keep our city a great place to live and work.

The qualities that I am bringing to the position are quite unique. I’m a civilian implant from Kentucky that married a beautiful, born and raised, O’Fallon resident, and Miss O’Fallon 2002, who loves this city as much as I do. I have only seen the massive growth side of O’Fallon that it is today, but I can ask my wife, Nicole, how things were twenty or thirty years ago when the town was much smaller. So I can relate to residents that have lived here forever, or prospective businesses or residents thinking about putting their roots here.

In the community I take pride in giving back as much of my time that is possible. I coach youth sports, I’m active in the Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador, I’m a member of the Rotary Club of O’Fallon and served on the board for 4 years, and my children attend the wonderful public school system that we are fortunate to have in our city. When I moved jobs a few years back one of my main goals was to remain employed in O’Fallon because I care about helping this community so much. 

I will be honored to serve this great city and will do my best to make all of the residents proud in each decision I make.

District 203 Board of Education

Mark Christ

Profession: Sr. Configuration Analyst

First time running for public office? No

Terms in current/previous office? 2

Other public offices held: OTHS #203 School Board Member

The biggest challenge still facing OTHS is the uncertainty of adequate state funding. The Board’s challenge is to maintain the high quality academic opportunities while maintaining a strong fiscal posture. The Board is focused more on strategic planning as O’Fallon and Shiloh have experienced modest economic growth, especially the addition of the new hospitals. The Board must carefully plan for 10-20 years in the future to plan for increased numbers of students, faculty and staff. The Smiley campus is 60 years old and key decisions must be made pertaining to the building maintenance and security. A continued challenge is to recruit and hire highly qualified minority teachers to reflect our city’s diverse population. This challenge has no simple or one-step solution. I’m committed to serve the O’Fallon community as a school board member for OTHS. My 12 years of past board service provided me a solid foundation of school governance. I’m grateful for past Board members wise mentoring of me and I’ve increased my skills through Board member professional development curricula provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards. I’m grateful and honored to serve O’Fallon & Shiloh as an OTHS Board member and humbly ask that I may continue this important civic service.

Martha Fraier-Stoffel

First time running for public office? Yes 

I have had the pleasure of calling O’Fallon my home for over 30 years, and walked the halls of OTHS as a student. This community and school are very important to me, and I am passionate about the continued tradition of excellence at OTHS.

I graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky, but knew I would always return to O’Fallon to live, work and raise a family. I have two, elementary-aged children in District 90, and have served on the PTO Board as Treasurer. My professional background is in accounting and human resources, and I have been reporting on city government and education for the O’Fallon Weekly newspaper for the last year. My family are members at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, where I currently serve as the Finance Committee Chair.

O’Fallon and Shiloh are growing and thriving communities that continue to attract families, in part due to the educational and extra-curricular opportunities available at OTHS. Strong public schools are an investment in the future and play a critical role in the overall success of the community. The board must continue to plan for future needs of the community and educational preparation for our students’ post- high school paths.

Over the last couple of years, I took it upon myself to learn more about the different elements of our local government. I have attended countless city government and school board meetings during this time, allowing me to have a unique perspective of both components necessary for community success.

Public service is a commitment to our community that was modeled by my parents, David and Susan Hursey, through decades of their elected and volunteer activities. Serving my community has never been a question for me, it is part of who I am. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in a new way, as a member of the OTHS Board of Education.

Brandt House

Profession: Pilot (UAL)

First time running for public office? No

Terms in current/previous office? 1

Other public offices held: District 203 School Board 

Brandt has served the O’Fallon community as an influential member of the OTHS District 203 School Board since 2014 providing leadership across areas of student opportunity, fiscal responsibility, and the strategic vision for District 203. Brandt has served in various leadership roles throughout his career as a selfless veteran with 25 years of committed USAF service, an organizational focused HR Manager, and currently as a detail oriented pilot at United Airlines. In addition to volunteering his time on District 203, Brandt is a member of the Metro East Area Communities for Empowerment (MACE) committed to services for families in need. He is inspired by his amazing daughter Bailey (Fulton Jr. High) and beautiful fiancé Kyndra who both share in his commitment to education in O’Fallon. He is looking forward to continuing to serve the O’Fallon community and its students in his current role on the District 203 School Board.

Significant Board Achievements:

— Presented tech ideas which resulted in tax payer savings, reduced the administration’s workload, and improved velocity of board member communication.

— Challenged 0203 to build on academic successes; led to nationally recognized AP program, success with new student placement processes, to include other various academic achievements.

— Collaborated with the 0203 administration to expand the district’s engagement with the community/parent; resulted in increased involvement and participation.

Education:

US Air Force Academy (B.S.)

Embry -Riddle Aeronautical University (M.S.) Washington University in St . Louis (MBA) 2019 Platform:

Strategic Vision for the Future of OTHS

Donna Johnson

Donna L. Johnson, has resided in O’Fallon since 2007. She retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. Currently, Ms Johnson is a Traffic Manage Specialist for the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO). The DTMO, a component of the Defense Human Resources Activity, is aligned under the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Military Personnel Policy.

Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from Air Command and Staff College, Air University and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Webster University. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a distinguished Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) graduate.

In April 2015, Ms. Johnson was elected to District #203 O’Fallon Township High School Board of Education, where she serves as the board’s secretary. She is on the Building Educational Success Together (BEST), Outreach, and Gap Achievement Committees. She is the Chair of Chapter Support and Membership Committee, for the Association for Global Logistics and Transportation, National Defense Transportation Association.

Ms. Johnson is a dedicated mother of an O’Fallon High School senior and University of Missouri student. She has a passion for educating children, as well as in serving the community.

P.K. Johnson

Profession: Attorney

First time running for public office? No

Terms in current/previous office? 1

Other public offices held: Member of Wolf Branch School District 113 

I am running for OTHS District 203 School Board because I am passionate about giving back to the community and want to help ensure that every student at O’Fallon High School has the opportunity for success. My previous experience as a member of the Wolf Branch School District 113 School Board taught me the importance of working with other school board members, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to make sure that our students were provided the best educational experience that they could possibly receive. I intend to do the same if I am elected to the OTHS District 203 School Board.

My number one focus is the education of the students. I believe that what students learn by participating in school-related extracurricular activities is every bit as important as what they learn in the classroom. We need to make sure that, whatever the financial climate, the district continues to offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities that provide an opportunity for every student, no matter his or her interests.

Being a school board member can be difficult. School Boards are required to make decisions that aren’t always easy and that may not make everybody happy. As a practicing attorney for more than 20 years, I have dealt with hundreds of contested issues. I am not afraid to ask hard questions, but I’m also happy to work with all sides of an issue to reach a solution. I am fair, open-minded, and take a common-sense approach to making decisions.

I have a vested interest in ensuring that OTHS students receive a great education. My son, Kaden, is currently a sophomore at OTHS. I believe that I am the only candidate who will have a child attending OTHS during the 2019-2020 school year.

Voters within the
boundaries of O’Fallon Community Consolidated School District No. 90 shall see the following question on their ballot

Shall the Board of Education of O’Fallon Community Consolidated School District No. 90, St. Clair County, Illinois, acquire 91 acres of land located at 734 Milburn School Road, O’Fallon, Illinois, for school building purposes and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $2,260,000 for the purpose of paying the cost thereof?

º Yes

º No