DuPage Forest Board District 4 Will Get New Face

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A Republican and Democrat are vying for the District 4 DuPage County Forest Preserve seat, which is now held by Michael Formento, in the Nov. 6 general election.

Formento lost the Republican primary this spring to challenger Tim Whelan.

The term will be for either two or four years.

With the exception of the presidents post, all board seats on the commission are up for election. Thats because once every 10 years, the forest preserve redraws district boundaries based on the latest U.S. Census results. Next, the district will hold a lottery to determine which three seats will start with 4-year terms, and which will have 2-year terms.

Whelan is a private-practice attorney from Wheaton. Democrat Robert Flesvig is a chartered financial consultant who also lives in Wheaton.

District 4 includes all or parts of Addison, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Winfield and Wheaton.

The Daily Herald recently asked the candidates for their opinions on issues facing their district. Some of their responses are presented here. See all of their answers at dailyherald.com.

Q. What is your Number 1 campaign issue?

Flesvig: Cut the $110,000 pay package that commissioners get for part-time work and use those funds to purchase more open forests, prairies and wetlands.

There are six commissioners for an approximate total of $700,000. We cant afford big government anymore.

Whelan: Providing responsive leadership on the DuPage County Forest Preserve for fiscal responsibility with taxpayers money preserving the green the taxpayers green.

Q. Should the district be in the golf course business? If so, please explain the benefit. If not, please detail why. Should the district consider selling any of its holdings?

Flesvig: Golfing is declining by 15 percent a year. It is a great sport but most taxpayers do not play golf. Most taxpayers walk, ride and bike in the woods and breathe clean air from the forests. I think sticking to forests, prairies and wetlands is the best policy. …