Endorsed candidate: Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz has been a member of the DPS 109 Board of Education for more than nine years and is seeking a third full term. He has lived in Deerfield for 16 years.

"I got involved in the District because I am passionate about providing a quality education to our children," Schwartz says.

He has served as the chairman of the following committees: facilities and development, finance. He was one of two board members on the referendum committee and has been a member of the Board's negotiation team in the last four contract negotiations with the District's unions. He also previously served on a special finance committee for District 102 in connection with their school expansion plans.

Steve Schwartz says . . .

I got involved in the District because I am passionate about providing a quality education to our children.

A fiscal conservative, Schwartz says he continually challenges the administration and the Board “to obtain maximum value from the limited resources available to the District.” As the chairman of the facilities development committee, he helped develop long-term maintenance programs to improve and extend the life of District 109 facilities while avoiding major expenditures. As a member of the finance committee, he has assisted the District in increasing reserves and balancing its budgets through careful planning.

Schwartz notes that his commitment to the community is evidenced by the fact that he has served and wants to continue to serve on the Board even though he has not had children in the District for five years.

“One of our community's most important obligations is to provide an excellent education which will continually improve and challenge our children," Schwartz said. “I would like the opportunity to continue to serve the community to meet this obligation.”

Schwartz is a principal in the law firm of Much Shelist where he has practiced for his entire 32-year career. He serves on the firm's management committee, as its treasurer, and as its general counsel. He received a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois, where he was awarded the Bronze Tablet (highest honors) and his JD from Northwestern University. Schwartz is also a certified public accountant.

He and his wife, Miriam, have three children: Michelle is a teacher in Schaumburg, Daniel is an engineer, and Madeleine is a Tulane University freshman. In his spare time, Steve is a gourmet cook and enjoys traveling.