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An exciting time to be a new voter

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:34 p.m. CDT
Lombard teens (from left) Emily Schaub, Anna Sikora, Jolie-Grace Wareham and Kellie Gill after registering to vote.

Can you believe the village elections are in less than a month? That’s right; April 9 is the day on which the citizens of the Lilac Village will head to the voting booths and vote for village president, village clerk, and trustees for Districts 1, 3, and 6.

While there is a great deal of media attention placed on general elections, municipal elections actually give voters a “louder voice” because there are fewer people voting for each office. While all American voters may vote for president of the United States, only voters living in Lombard may vote for the village president of Lombard.

Personally, this is a very exciting election for me because this is the first time I have been old enough to vote. Last week, three of my friends and I went to the Lombard Village Hall to register to vote, and we could not have been more excited. Finally, we get to have a say in who represents us and our opinions.

However, four teens registering to vote says little about the amount of interest that Lombard’s young adults are taking in this election. With the increasing number of signs going up in our neighbors’ yards, it is hard not to reflect on what we, as young adults look for in our village officials.

One of my senior classmates at Glenbard East High School, Claire Castelli, explained to me that she and her family have been discussing the upcoming village president election. As a very active member of the local community, Claire is “looking for someone who will be seen and will be at activities.”

Robert Perez, also a senior at Glenbard East High School, believes that “we need [a Village President] who can work with the trustees to get the village problems solved.” Robert also realizes the importance of moving Lombard forward as an attractive business destination and home, as he adds that “the president has to have new ideas … ones that will make the village stand out.”

Jolie-Grace Wareham is a senior at Glenbard East High School. The goal of her blog is to open the door to some great conversations about Lombard and how we can all get the most out of the town. Feel free to email her at jgwareham3@gmail.com with your ideas.

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