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ELECTION 2013: Westmont residents ready for new leadership with Tuesday's election

Six candidates are running for the Westmont Village Board in the April 9 elections
Six candidates are running for the Westmont Village Board in the April 9 elections

WESTMONT — As election day approaches, the six candidates running for three opens seats on the Westmont Village Board are hard at work, trying to get their message out to voters.

Voters will usher in change on the village board April 9 as none of the incumbent trustees whose terms are expiring — Lee Fleming, Pat Klebenow or Ellen Emery — chose to run for re-election. That's in addition to new mayor Ron Gunter, who is running unopposed.

While the candidates agree on many of the issues the village is facing, each has his own view on how to address those issues.

Below is bio information of the six candidates vying for Westmont trustee, with a link to a question-and-answer for each.

James Addington
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired, 48-year career as a banker
Community service: Westmont mayor, 1993-97; Westmont village trustee 1985-1993; Westmont Lions Club for 42 years; Knights of Columbus member

Bruce Barker
Age: 52
Occupation: Property manager for Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Community service: Former girl’s softball coach, former Westmont Park District commissioner; member of the Westmont Citizens Ad Hoc Fiscal Review Committee and Co-Chair Holy Trinity Church 75th Jubilee Committee

Harold Barry, III
Age: 41
Occupation: Owner of Barry Aluminum and Windows Inc. of Westmont
Community service: Westmont Rotary Club; active member of the Westmont and Downers Grove chambers of commerce

Robert “Bob” Plowman
Age: 46
Occupation: Supervisor at RR Donnelley in Bolingbrook for the past 15 years
Community service: Founder and president of the Progressive Village Performance Network performing arts group; co-founding member of the Westmont Renaissance Alliance

Justin D. Scheid
Age: 33
Occupation: Tax attorney, U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Chicago
Community service: Westmont Citizens' Finance Committee; volunteer for the Taste of Westmont

Michael Uhlir
Age: 34
Occupation: Self-employed
Community service: Wrestling coach at Westview Hills Middle School

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