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D86 Election: 3 Challengers Form 'Friends for District 86' Slate

Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran and Claudia Manley make up the slate, which has a website detailing its candidates backgrounds and its pledge to the community.

By Joe O'Donnell

Three would-be newcomers to the District 86 Board of Education have joined together as a slate for this spring's municipal election.

Victor Casini, Claudia Manley and Ed Corcoran make up the "Friends for District 86" slate that has launched FriendsforDistrict86.com, which Corcran listed as the slate's campaign website in a Patch candidate questionnaire, detailing the candidates' backgrounds, skills, and pledge to the community.

According to its pledge, the slate's primary goals are to "maintain and improve" the educational excellence, "revitalize" the board, consider future tax levies publicly, and promote fiscal responsibility.

Additional goals include increased community access to board documents online, and improved communications.

After Jennifer Babbington's decision to drop out of the District 86 race, there are eight candidates vying for four seats on the board.

In addition to Casini (a Burr Ridge resident), Corcoran (Clarendon Hills) and Manley (Darien), incumbents Dennis Brennan (Hinsdale), Kay Gallo (Clarendon Hills) and DeeDee Gorgol (Willowbrook) are running, as are Roseanne Rosenthal (Hinsdale) and Roger Kempa (Darien).

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