Homewood-Flossmoor High School will have two new board members. Voters selected Michelle Hoereth and Cynthia Turnquest to serve four-year terms on the board with incumbent Steve Anderson, board president, who was re-elected.
The trio won in a hard-fought campaign that saw the defeat of incumbents Beth Larocca and Annette Bannon, who were elected in 2017.
Anderson was the top vote-getter in the April 6 election with 3,332 votes or 20.63%, followed by Turnquest with 3,195 votes or 19.78% and Hoereth with 3,186 votes or 19.73%.
Larocca came in fourth with 2,442 votes or 15.2% and Bannon had 2,071 votes or 12.82%.
Newcomers LaKesha Spight had 1,410 votes or 8.73%, followed by Jimo Kasali with 516 votes or 3.19%.
“It will be pleasure, my absolute pleasure to serve,” Turnquest said after the votes came in. She has been involved in District 161 and District 233 parent organizations, but decided to move into the elected position because she said she “cares about the Homewood-Flossmoor community” and is committed to it.
Hoereth is moving from the position of president of Flossmoor District 161’s school board to the District 233 board. She said the District 161 board works as a high functioning board, so she felt she could take her skills to a new board. She joked that she’s matriculating to H-F, like District 161 students do.
Anderson was excited by his victory “and just so proud of our campaign.” He said he is ready for the opportunity to work with these new board members.
The Chronicle was unsuccessful in reaching Bannon and Larocca for comment.