The Rockford school board race in sub-district C, that's northwest Rockford, is one of the most hotly contested races in this Tuesday's elections.
Alice Saudargas is the incumbent. She spent 25 years teaching in Rockford schools and also served on the board from 97 to 99. She's received endorsements from State Senator Dave Syverson and several Rockford aldermen. Her ten kids all went through the Rockford school system.
Saudargas' challenger, Jay Ware is a newcomer. He says he's motivated by his three children currently enrolled in Rockford schools and is proud of his grassroots campaign.
"I learned so much from those folks going door to door and I just look forward to serving their interests once elected to the board and finding ways to continue that dialogue," says Ware.
"I know how to get the job done. I take care of kids. It doesn't matter if they're white, green, black or purple. They're all in need of a good quality education," says Saudargas.
Saudargas says the most important issue facing the board right now is how to transition elementary schools into school zones from choice. Ware's main concern is the logistics of setting up a separate campus for Auburn freshmen.