ELECTION 2013: After 32 years, Woodridge residents will select a new mayor Tuesday
WOODRIDGE — For the first time in more than 30 years, residents in Woodridge will elect a new mayor April 9.
Four candidates are eyeing the seat of Mayor Bill Murphy — one of the longest serving mayors in the Chicago area — who plans to retire. He has held the seat since 1981.
While all four candidates have different ideas and ways to address the issues that Woodridge will face over the next four years, they all agree that whoever is elected will have big shoes to fill in Murphy's.
Voters will also elect three new trustees to the village board, giving the seven-member board four new votes with the new mayor.
Below is bio information of the four candidates vying for Woodridge mayor, with a link to a question-and-answer for each.
Name: Greg Abbott
Family: Wife Diane, children Brett , 11, Sean, 9, and Gabriella, 6
Community service: Coach for the Woodridge Athletic Association; school board member at Our Lady of Peace, Treasurer of Cub Scout Pack 101
Name: Gina Cunningham-Picek
Family: Husband, Jim Picek
Occupation: Market president, Bridgeview Bank Group in Woodridge
Community service: President of Woodridge Rotary; member of: St. Scholastica’s Finance and Administration Committee, Council of Catholic Women, West Suburban Community Pantry.
Name: Mike Krucek
Family: Wife, Karen, daughters Ashley, Alyssa, Brittany, Bailee
Occupation: Financial advisor
Community service: Serves on the Woodridge Police Pension Board; Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce member; Woodridge Park District girls softball coach; founder of the Seven Bridges Committee; co-chair of the 50th/40th Anniversary Committee
Name: Ferenc Vandor
Family: Married for 40 years, three children
Occupation: Immigration attorney
Community service: Former candidate for Woodridge village trustee, ran for Woodridge mayor in 1997