Glen Ellyn Village Board

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Four people are running for three, 4-year terms as Glen Ellyn village trustees. The candidates are Todd Buckton, Jim Comerford, Pete Ladesic and Michelle Thorsell. None are incumbents. The Daily Herald posed questions to the candidates. These are their edited responses.

Q. Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and, if so, what? What will be your main priority?

Buckton. Glen Ellyn has given much to me and my family. I want to serve as trustee to give back to the village. I am interested in continuing the strong tradition of volunteerism that is the backbone of Glen Ellyn.

Comerford. My wife, who grew up in Glen Ellyn, and I have lived here for 18 years and have taken advantage of all the wonderful things in life that Glen Ellyn has to offer: schools, a great library, parks and park district activities, shopping, restaurants, etc.

Prior volunteers working with the professional village staff have made Glen Ellyn what it is today. I believe I have the background, skills and leadership ability to keep this tradition alive for future Glen Ellyn residents.

My priorities will be continuing our position of fiscal strength, ensuring a vibrant central business district, maintaining the infrastructure, balancing preservation and tradition with building for the future, and continuing healthy intergovernmental relations with the schools, park district and library.

Ladesic. Service to the community is the main reason I am running for village board.

As a 40-year resident and a community volunteer for 20 years, I feel I have a lot of experience to offer the village and its residents. Over the years, I have been active in the community professionally and as a volunteer, working with the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, Glen Ellyn Jaycees and Glen Ellyn Historical Society, to name a few.

My contributions on the village board would be an extension, a continuation of my community service.

Thorsell. I am running for office because I believe I have the qualifications that are required to be an advocate for the residents of Glen Ellyn.

Serving on the Environmental Commission for eight years as commissioner and chairman, I have gained experience and understanding in issues related to the health, safety and well being of the residents of Glen Ellyn.

Issues that I am motivated by include diminishing affordable housing and disaster preparedness. As specific situations arise, I plan to share my expertise and training in these and other areas.

My main priority in office would be to continue making educated decisions that would benefit the health, safety and well being of the residents of Glen Ellyn.

Q. Tell us what contributions you would make if elected.

Buckton. I'll help provide oversight of an excellent village staff while maintaining open, transparent and effective communication to staff and village residents.

I'll continue the tradition of providing quality services to residents while maintaining the fiscal conservatism that provides annual budget surpluses. I'll work as a team with my fellow trustees to build consensus for the good of the village.

Comerford. I believe that effective trustees have an appreciation of Glen Ellyn and know that issues will have more than one valid point of view.

Trustees need to be good listeners and be willing to do the homework necessary to learn about the issues in order to make an informed decision. Trustees must also be willing and able to work as a member of a team to continue to make Glen Ellyn a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

I believe I have these traits and a track record of success in working with others to achieve common goals in both my work and volunteer life. I am committed to making a positive difference in our community and believe I will be a good trustee. …