It was a momentous moment in the unparalleled City Council race as four women claimed fifty percent of the seats at the dais.
The top vote getter for the women was Chair of Planning and Zoning Commission, Patty Gustin. She says that having both men and women will provide a good balance for decisions moving forward.
“This is history, oh my gosh, the voters of Naperville have spoken. I think that we’re progressive, I don’t remember anytime in Naperville history that this has happened in many other communities of this size. I think it’s going to provide a wonderful balance, men solve problems in a little different way then women do and I think that’s just a wonderful thing that we’re going to have available to us, those tools,” said Gustin.
Rebecca Boyd-Obarski who will be sitting alongside Patty, feels the equality of both sides will provide a full range of thoughtfulness in decision making.
“When women and men can meet across the table as peers, as I believe we will be on Council, I think we will be able to analyze issues from truly every angle and get to really what’s going to be in the best interest,” said Boyd-Obarski.
Judith Brodhead who has been the only woman on the Council for the past five years is also one of the two incumbents returning.
“I think women maybe have slightly different attitudes toward housing and say in a case we had tonight, in the needs of a children that might be different, from traditional kinds of housing, I think the way we think about employment might be just a little different,” said Brodhead.
Political Consultant Kenn Miller says the one thing that stands out about these women is their level of experience.
“I think it is interesting to have four women and four men, I don’t think there is any real difference between females versus males on the Council, honestly if you look at the representatives, women representatives each one of them has experience, very intelligent outspoken and they’ll bring good ideas,” said Miller.
The fourth woman elected on City Council, is Becky Anderson Co-Owner of Anderson’s Bookshop.
The new council will be sworn in on Sunday, May 3.
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