Four Enter Race for Downers Grove Village Council

Commissioners Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell both filed petitions seeking re-election in the April 9, 2013 consolidated election. Petitions were also filed by residents David S. Olsen and Susan Walaszek.

Two incumbents and two newcomers were the first to file petitions Monday in the race for Downers Grove Village Council.

Commissioners Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell, and newcomers David S. Olsen and Susan Walaszek, all filed nomination papers for the the April 9 consolidated election at 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to Downers Grove Village Clerk April Holden.

A lottery will be held Nov. 27 to determine ballot position, Holden said.

Candidates have until Monday, Nov. 26, to file petitions, though Village Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Papers are accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The four-year terms for commissioners William Waldack, Barnett and Schnell all expire in May 2013. Barnett is currently serving his first term on the village council, Schnell her fifth and Waldack his second.

Waldack announced during Tuesday's village council meeting that he does not intend to seek re-election.

READ: Downers Grove Commissioner William Waldack Will Not Seek Re-Election

Olsen is currently serving as the Republican committeeman for Downers Grove Township's 54th precinct. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2011, according to his website

Walaszek is an attorney and human resource professional, and has served on the Downers Grove Human Service Commission, according to her Lawline faculty bio.

Due to Downers Grove's form of government (council-manager), the village council's filing dates do not coincide with other local races, such as school board or park district.

If more than 12 people file for the council's three open positions, a consolidated primary election will be held Feb. 26, 2013, Holden said.

The consolidated election will be held April 9, 2013.

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J. Geoff Rove November 24, 2012 at 12:34 AM
So far not much to see in the candidates in terms of fiscal prudence or focused priorities. I bet the taxes in Dixon IL are lower, even with the embezzling comptroller.
G Bolts November 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Commissioner Barnett seems like a good person that has strong ethics and ideas while being open to other ideas. He is an example of a good public servant.
Bella Delpercio December 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Thanks for this scoop Paul. Making note of this for spreading the news before election time. You need to write to the dg reporter and put this in the editors column. A lot of people read this.
Bella Delpercio December 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You got that right about bill Waldack Paul. Nice caring person who wants the best for this town, along with meals on wheels, which people make sound bad but something we may all need someday. This village has screwed over people and business owners time after time and if you confront them at town meetings they roll their eyes at you and don't really give a sh?t about the people here. Check out the contracts given to people and see who is friends with who. Bill will be missed. At least I knew there was one person there fighting for us.
PAUL C. December 05, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Bella, Many people want to be little followers her in DG. They look to certain factions to tell them who to vote for. This is why we have the block council government we have. Everyone wants to be part of the in-crowd. We have seen it clearly in our current council government and it looks quite clear that Barnett and Jankowski (heavily endorsed by RS and the block-sitting members) will move in. Rumor has it Susan Walaszek is a part of that in-crowd also and has a good chance of solidifying the BLOCK. I only call it like I see it and unless Olsen, Schnell or Hose can get their supporters to single-vote, they'll have a hard time breaking into the block. This is my early prediction on this April affair. I am well aware of the in-crowd here in DG and will watch this one from the sidelines only adding commentary. Ask yourself residents, are you part of the in-crowd or do you actually research whom you will vote for in this council race? Furthermore ask yourself, will you get off your butt in April and actually have a say in who will pass laws in our village? When we get 20-25% turnouts, I say what a joke! But that's just what the in-crowd wants because the in-crowd is 75% of that 20-25%. Wake up residents and vote in April!


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