Republicanveteransface off Forforest Seat

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A pair of political veterans will face off in the Feb. 2 Republican primary for a four-year seat in District 4 on the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission.

Incumbent Michael Formento served as a forest preserve commissioner from 1989 to 2001 and then rejoined the panel in 2006. He's a former Glen Ellyn village president.

His challenger, C. James Carr, served as mayor of Wheaton from 1993 to 2007.

The primary winner will advance to the November general election to face one of two Democrats -- Eric Bergman and Donald Kirchenberg -- competing in their own party's primary.

The district includes all or portions of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Winfield and Lombard.

The Daily Herald recently asked the candidates several questions in advance of the primary. Some of their answers follow -- for the complete questionnaire, visit www.dailyherald.com later this month.

Q. What is your top campaign issue?

Carr: Maximize fiscal resources.

1. No new taxes.

2. Maintain strong reserves.

3. Maintain strong credit rating.

Formento: I don't see this campaign in terms of individual issues of conflict, but more broadly as setting goals and creating the consensus to achieve them.

Prime among these goals is maintaining the financial soundness of the district that is shown by its Triple A bond status and its proven ability to lighten the tax burden on DuPage taxpayers while continuing high levels of service. …