Elwood School Board Candidate: Mike LaMena

The district resident outlines his background and views for the future of Elwood.

residents will vote May 17 to decide not only on the  but also pick two  people to serve on the school board for the next three years. Voting will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. at 

Neither President Michael Kaszubski nor Patricia Matos are seeking re-election.

Four newcomers will be on the ballot:

Bill Gutekunst is a 19-year resident of East Northport/Elwood. The father of three children in the district, Gutekunst has a background in healthcare and business, and has been active in Cub Scouts and athletics.

Michael Lamena, who works in information technology for a financial services company, is the father of three elementary-aged children. He has lived in the community since 2004.

Jack Schwartz is an attorney, five-year-resident of Elwood, and the father of two girls.

James Tomeo is a recent graduate of Elwood-John Glenn High School.

To give voters a chance to hear directly from the candidates, we have also been publishing videotaped statements. First up was then and now La Mena.

Patch filmed those running at a meet the candidates event sponsored by the PTA Council Wednesday, May 11.

The district clerk has made special note that, although, Patricia Matos' name will not appear on the ballot in the voting booth, it will appear on the absentee ballot due to earlier printing of the ballot. Voters should be aware that she is no longer a candidate for the Board of Education, having withdrawn Wednesday, May 11.


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