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Two More File for Downers Grove Village Council; Field Widens to Six

Greg Hosé and Don Jankowski filed petitions for the April 2013 consolidated election Monday—the last day to file for the three open commissioner seats.

Two more people filed petitions Monday to run for Downers Grove Village Council, widening the field to six candidates.

Greg Hosé and Donald Jankowski both filed nomination papers for the April 9, 2013 consolidated election before the filing deadline expired Monday evening, according to Downers Grove Communications Director Doug Kozlowski.

Hosé and Jankowski will appear on the ballot with the four candidates who filed petitions Nov. 19—incumbents Bob Barnett and Marilyn Schnell, and newcomers David S. Olsen and Susan Walaszek.

Downers Grove Village Clerk April Holden said last week that a lottery will be held Tuesday to determine ballot position.

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, 62, announced during the Nov. 20 village council meeting that he will not seek re-election. Citing personal discontent with the village's "core service" budget, he said he plans to spend more time serving organizations that help those in need.

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

Barnett, 43, was elected to his position in April 2009 after serving the Downers Grove Liquor Commission, Storm Water and Floodplain Oversight Committee, and the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. in business law and finance, and runs his family business, BarnettBates.

Schnell, 66, was first appointed to the village council in 1988 after serving on the Downers Grove Plan Commission for eight years. She served as the mayor pro-tem between 1994 and 1999, and has worked on several issues—including wetland preservation, residential redevelopment and improvement of traffic conditions around the high schools.

Olsen, 24, is currently serving as the 54th precinct committeeman for the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2011, according to his website

Walaszek, 45, is an attorney and human resource professional, and has served on the Downers Grove Human Service Commission, according to her Lawline faculty bio.

Hosé, 31, is currently the chair of the Downers Grove Plan Commission, and previously served on the village's Environmental Concerns Commission. He is an attorney who practices in the areas of labor, benefits and commercial litigation, according to his website. He also ran for village council in April 2011.

Jankowski, 58, is the immediate past chairman of the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and is a partner at the accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Because only six people filed for the three open council seats, a primary election will not be held, Kozlowski said.

The consolidated election will be held April 9, 2013.

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PAUL C. November 27, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Well it'll be Bob Barnett easily! Don Jankowski will be hailed as the next best thing to sliced bread endorsed by the block. We'll have a 5 member block after the April election that will vote the same 85-90% of the time. Maybe the council meetings will end in 30- 45 minutes because everything will pass or get voted down without much opposition. That's the way I see it and whomever gets the last spot will not have much power. Not much else for me to say but good luck Greg, David and Susan in your effort to displace Marilyn. The weak turnouts in the town as a whole for local elections are a fact that I don't see changing much here. I wish I could see it differently but it is what it is and I don't think I'll exert too much energy blogging for this affair.
Mike Schmdt November 27, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Didn't Greg Jose run in the last election and came in 5th?
PAUL C. November 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Yes Mike! Without looking at results he was defeated by Dominic Scalzetti and Mark Thoman whom both fell short of winning the 3rd spot. Dominic lost by less than 200 votes. In my opinion, Greg has a good shot at winning the 3rd spot. As you know 3 council members will be elected in April and the veteran council member, Marilyn Schnell is still in the race so Greg and the others will need to work hard in their campaigns to defeat her. Again, I am sure Bob Barnett is a winner and that Don will win also as he is heavily backed by Ron and the other 4 block council members including Bob. I am not complaining just stating clearly what I see and have seen over my 16 years living in DG. 19-21% voter turnouts pretty much secure victories for Bob and Don because the voters who vote regularly will come from the precincts that look at whom Ron supports. He does support both Barnett and Jankowski. This is a known fact as Don was a big supporter of Ron's state rep candidacy last March.
Bruce Beckman November 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
In the interim Greg Hose' has continued to contibute to the community on the Plans Commission and via his church. IMHO, he has shown a passion for Downers Grove. He's a bright guy. He would be able to jump start his role as a Village Commissioner I also agree that Barnett has a solid chance as does Schnell. Let's rememeber that funny things happen in local elections. It's a long time until April.
Kent Frederick November 27, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Here's something for all candidates to consider. Please go out and ring some doorbells. I've lived in Downers Grove for 14 years and have had 2 candidates at my front door (Wally Brown and Linda Painter, in 2 separate elections). I lived in Cook County for a number of years, and it was common to have candidates at my front door regularly (or at least campaign workers who could speak about a candidates positions on many issues). I've read comments from candidate for Mayor and Village Council over the years, saying that they have been walking the precincts and talking to voters. Yet, people I know who live south of 63rd Street say the same thing, that candidates don't ring doorbells in the south end of town.
Ross Meister January 27, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Kent, I remember reading this early on when David Olsen had approached me about working on his campaign. I can assure you that we are doing exactly this, that is, knocking on doorbells. If you gave us the neighborhood you are in, we would gladly stop by and spend some time speaking to you about what issues you feel are germane to Downers Grove. Thanks for your time, Ross
Ross Meister January 27, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Edited: Knocking on doors-*

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