The candidates are taking to the streets campaigning in DuPage County, where one third of the county board is up for re-election. There are 18 seats on the county board, three seats in each of the six districts that make up DuPage County.
In Naperville, voters will choose between an incumbent Republican and a Democratic challenger in the District 5 race. Republican John Zediker has been representing the county board’s fifth district for the past two years, but he says it’s his experiences living and working in Naperville that qualify him to keep his seat.
“I have a very good pulse of the community and so I want to be able to give back, continue the public service,” said Zediker.
Zediker’s opponent is a news producer for Fox Chicago. Democrat Brian Duewel is seeking his first term on the board.
“I have a well-rounded background in media to public relations to businesses to financial services,” said Duewel. “There’s a lot about me that fits into a government working for the people job.”
The two candidates both agree that the board should be transparent and serve the best interest of the people of DuPage County.
“I think as an incumbent, especially at a local level, that our books are open, our budgets are online, our campaign and finance donations are online and those are all important things so the local residents know that government is open and honest,” said Zediker.
“It’s a government for the people, by the people, so we should make sure that we have people who represent us and are the equivalent of us as citizens,” said Duewel.
One issue that separates Zediker and Duewel is the board’s recent approval of a $70 million bond program that was promoted by departing board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom.
“In this time, with the economy the way it is, I think we need to be fiscally conservative,” said Duewel. “I think there are ways to trim the fat out of that borrowing bill.”
In addition to voting on a District 5 board representative, local voters will also choose a new DuPage County Board Chairman in the November election.
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