Caucuses Give Citizens Voice Tuesday

Local voters have opportunity to ratify slates of elected officials in Village, West Deerfield Township.

Deerfield voters who want a say about who will appear on the April 9 ballot for the Village Board of Trustees as well as West Deerfield Township officials get that opportunity Tuesday at caucuses.

The Village municipal elections are non partisan while the Township contests will offer both Republican and Democratic slates.

The Township Democrats will hold their endorsement session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Christ United Methodist Church, according to Township Clerk Kristen Scott. She also said the West Deerfield Independent Party would meet at 6 p.m. at Village Hall. The Republicans will gather at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall according to West Deerfield Township Chairman Mark Shaw.

The Deerfield Village Caucus will hold its town meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Caruso Middle School. The Caucus has made its endorsements but the voters can accept, reject or modify the slate from all contenders who were interviewed by the Caucus. Videos of those interviews are published with this article.

The Deerfield Village Caucus has already endorsed Mayor Harriet Rosenthal for reelection. It has also given the nod Trustees Alan Farkas and Barbara Struthers as well as Rob Nadler. Trustee Mary Oppenheim, who has announced her reelection bid, and Jim Moyer were not backed.

Though Rosenthal was the only candidate for mayor to seek caucus backing, Moyer, Oppenheim, Struthers and Farkas and Nadler all have the right to make their case to all voters who attend the meeting Tuesday.

Voting will be by secret ballot, according to Rosenthal.

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