The First Party For Bolingbrook announced its candidates for three village trustee positions up for grabs in April’s consolidated municipal elections.
Sheldon Watts, Mary Alexander-Basta and Michael Carpanzano will be running for those seats. Watts lost his bid for trustee in 2017, but was appointed later that year to fill a vacancy left by the passing of long-serving Deputy Mayor and Village Trustee Leroy Brown.
Two current Bolingbrook village trustees, Ricardo Morales and Deresa Hoogland, will not be seeking re-election after their terms are up in April.
Alexander-Basta is a 15-year Bolingbrook resident and serves as president of the John F. Kennedy Parent-Teacher Association, president of the Plainfield Middle Schools Music Boosters and chairwoman of the Bolingbrook Plan Commission. She studied mass communications at American University in Egypt and hospital management at Tennessee State University.
Watts previously served as a DuPage Township trustee and is the president and founder of the Bolingbrook STEM Association. He also serves as a board member for the Will County Center for Community Concerns, chairman of the Bolingbrook Joyfest Christian Music Festival and founder of the Minority Business Networking Brunch. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and is pursuing a Ph.D. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he is studying organizational leadership.
Carpanzano previously worked as executive director of the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce and has worked with several local nonprofit organizations focusing on youth mentoring, crime prevention and education. He earned his MBA from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. He is the regional director of sales for a national physical therapy practice.
The candidates will go up against the three from the Bolingbrook United party, which announced its slate in September.
Municipal Election Day is April 2.