Three seats will be up for election in May on the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, and longtime board member Kit Darrow will be leaving as a result of term limits.
“I feel I’ve accomplished most of what I wanted to, and served the community in the best way I know how,” said Darrow who was first elected in 2006. “I have a very strong belief in people taking turns, and it’s somebody else’s. So even if there were no term limits, I would step aside so someone else could take a turn.”
In addition to Darrow’s position, the terms of directors Mark Footer and Peter Lindquist will expire.
Lindquist said he will seek re-election; Footer is unsure.
“I’m not saying that I’m absolutely not going to run,” Footer said, “but right now the choices are hard. … I want to work on my business these next few years, and I think it’s a good idea to let someone else run and participate. … But by all indications, we’ll have a handful of people running. I think there’s some good candidates coming in.”
A call for candidates was issued Feb. 5; only Lindquist has filed to run so far.
Lindquist, who was elected to a two-year term in 2012 after being appointed to a vacant seat in 2011, said he brings financial acumen and common sense to the board.
“I try to listen to all sides of an issue and think about what is in the best interest for the district as a whole,” he said. “I don’t have an agenda in any area. … I try not to say a lot unless it’s worth saying. I’m here to listen and understand.”
Footer, owner of Intero Real Estate Services in Evergreen, was elected to his first term in 2010. The other two incumbents are Janet Heck Doyle and Andrew Adamowski, who were elected in 2012.
Darrow said district residents should get informed and get out to vote.
“The second time I ran,” she said, “we had 1 percent turnout rate, about 2,000 votes, for five or six candidates — and that was considered a blowout. To me, it’s pretty sad that the rest of the voting public will allow 1 percent of the voters to determine how their property taxes are used.”
In 2012, about 800 people turned out at the polls, said EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson, who is also this year's designated election official.
Board members serve four-year terms. Anyone interested in running should complete a self-nomination form and turn it in at the EPRD administrative office by Friday, Feb. 28.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on May 6. Applications for absentee ballots must be turned in by 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the EPRD administrative office at 1521 Bergen Parkway.