Running for Forest Preserve President

A Naperville resident has thrown her hat into the ring to lead the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Roughly one year into her term as a commissioner, Mary Lou Wehrli announced she’ll be running for forest preserve president.

The position will be vacated next year when Dewey Pierotti, Jr. steps down after 20 years.

Wehrli was elected about a year ago to represent district 5, which includes Naperville, on the forest preserve board, beating out longtime incumbent Carl Schultz.

If elected to the presidency, she promises to decline a forest preserve district pension and will work to keep its board separate from the county board, contrary to former efforts to dissolve the two.

Wehrli will run against fellow commissioner and republican Joe Cantore in a March 18th primary.

The general election will be on November 4th, 2014.

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