Reilly, Ward in runoff for Chicago Teachers Union retiree vice president post
Retired Chicago Teachers Union members Mary Sharon Reilly and James Ward will face off against one another in a runoff to determine who will be the "Retiree Functional Vice President" and sit on the CTU executive board until the May 2013 union elections. Ward and Reilly came in first and second in a seven-way race for the position in the election held by mail ballot during January 2011. The ballots were counted at the CTU offices on January 24, 2011, in a count observed by three of the candidates (Barbara Baker, Mary Sharon Reilly, and this reporter, George N. Schmidt).
Under the rules established by the CTU House of Delegates, a runoff must take place if no candidate gets 50 percent plus one of the votes cast during the election. The election was conducted by mail ballot under the auspices of the CTU Rules-Elections Committee with more than 3,200 ballots mailed to current addresses of current retiree members of the union. The final total of votes was 1,782. The candidates' votes were as follows (in alphabetical order):
Barbara Baker, 240 votes
Linda Dinn, 27 votes
Patricia Knazze, 113 votes
Monroe Morgan, 16 votes
Mary Sharon Reilly, 415 votes
George N. Schmidt, 268 votes
James Ward, 703 votes
Members of the Rules-Elections Committee who counted the votes were: Ellen Damlich (chairperson); David Gregg; Lou Pyster; and Leandres White. The CTU Financial Secretary, Kristine Mayle, supervised the election and the vote count. Lou Pyster left prior to the end of the count. This reporter is a member of the Rules-Elections Committee and observed the count from start to finish, but did not participate in the counting.
Observers at the beginning of the counting were Barbara Baker and Mary Sharon Reilly, in addition to this reporter.
The runoff between Mary Sharon Reilly and James Ward will be scheduled for a future date following a meeting of the Rules-Elections Committee.