Endorsements 2016-2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2016

Caucus Endorses Four Candidates for DPS 109 Board of Education

DEERFIELD (Thursday, December 14) -- The Deerfield District 109 Caucus voted to endorse four candidates for the Board of Education on Monday, December 5. The candidates will be running for the four open 109 Deerfield Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education seats in the April 4 consolidated election. Each seat is for a four‐year term.

They are (in alphabetical order):

• Katie Bittner

• Scott Kluge

• Sari Montgomery

• Ron Worth

Following two rounds of interviews on November 28 and December 5, the 17 Caucus members slated the four candidates late on December 5 after two hours of deliberation. All four are current board members seeking another term.

“Each election year is very unique and heavily dependent on the current zeitgeist of the particular BOE term. The fact that the four Caucus candidate seats up for election are sought after by the four incumbent Board Members is a positive statement on the current direction of the district,” said O’Neal Miller, Caucus Chair.

“The Caucus is a good representation of the different voices within our community, and our decision to endorse these candidates portends a healthy level of satisfaction within our district,” Miller continued. “Our endorsed candidates are strong representatives of our community, who are driven by a sense of duty and a desire to make the district even better.”

Katie Bittner, currently a special education coordinator for Waukegan public schools and a former teacher, has lived in Deerfield for 12 years and has two children, one of whom currently attends a DPS 109 school.

Scott Kluge, a management consultant with marketing and advertising experience, has lived in Deerfield for 11 years and all three of his children are in DPS 109 schools.

Sari Montgomery, a lawyer who represents attorneys in disciplinary proceedings, has three children, one of whom is in a DPS 109 school, and is a 12-year resident of the district. She resides in Riverwoods.

Ron Worth is an engineer and founder of a company of which he is also CEO. He has four children, all of whom attended DPS 109 schools. He has lived in Deerfield for 14 years.

More biographical information will be made available about the four endorsed candidates on the Caucus website in the coming weeks.

The DPS District 109 Caucus is a nonpartisan, community-based organization dedicated to maintaining and expanding the tradition of excellence manifest in Deerfield's elementary and middle schools, with its role in candidate endorsement at the core of its commitment to the citizens and students served by District 109 schools.

For more information, please visit http://www.dps109caucus.org/Home.