Cava and Garcia all but guaranteed to retain Cicero trustee seats
John Cava and Victor R. Garcia will likely retain their Cicero trustee seats after garnering the most votes in Tuesday's consolidated election.
With each voter selecting two candidates for the trustee's post, Garcia received 3,720 votes, or 41.54 percent of the overall tally. Cava came in second with 3,381 votes (37.65 percent), according to the Cook County Clerk.
Challengers Blanca M. Vargas and Jeanette Alanis garnered 1,166 votes (13.02 percent) and 689 votes (7.69 percent), respectively.
Vargas and Alanis both had their nominating petitions challenged, but won appeals to be allowed on the ballot.
A lifelong resident of Cicero, Cava has served on the board of trustees since 2004 when he was named to replace Dennis Raleigh, who retired. He previously served on the Cicero Library board and retired last summer from Cicero East school in District 99.
Garcia has worked as a sponsor coordinator with the Clyde Park District since 2007. Before that, he was the coordinator of special projects in the Cicero president’s office and also was an elected member of the Clyde Park District Board of Commissioners.
In all, there are 32,787 registered voters who were eligible to vote in Cicero's trustee race, but only 4,714 ballots were cast, resulting in a 14.38 percent voter turnout.