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ELECTION 2013: Barnett, Hosé, Olsen elected to Downers Grove Council

Incumbent Bob Barnett and two newcomers, Greg Hosé and David Olsen, beat three other candidates to be elected to the Downers Grove Village Council in Tuesday's election.
Incumbent Bob Barnett and two newcomers, Greg Hosé and David Olsen, beat three other candidates to be elected to the Downers Grove Village Council in Tuesday's election.

DOWNERS GROVE – Incumbent Bob Barnett and two newcomers, David Olsen and Greg Hosé, beat three other candidates to be elected to the Downers Grove Village Council in Tuesday's election.

Olsen finished with about 20.5 percent of the vote, Barnett with about 20.4 percent and Hosé with about 19.1, according to unofficial results from the DuPage County Election Commission. All precincts have reported.

The race unseated longtime trustee Marilyn Schnell, who finished in fourth. She had about 17 percent of the vote. Schnell will no longer serve on the board after being elected to six terms.

In fifth place is Don Jankowski with about 13.5 percent. In last is Susan Walaszek, with about 9.5 percent.

Olsen, who is 24, said the election brings a fresh perspective into the council.

"I think that what I've talked about in the campaign is really being in tune with and really listening to residents," he said. "It's something that (residents) feel is important, and I think that it's something I'm really committed to doing."

The loudest message Olsen heard from residents during the campaign was concern about the cost of living in the village, he said, which fits with his top priority of providing the services residents expect while being as cost-effective as possible.

Following closely behind in second place was first-term incumbent Bob Barnett, who received about 20.4 percent of the vote.

"Looking back, I ran on a record of four years and I'm thankful voters saw enough in that record to (vote for me)," he said.

The councilman said his first term reflected a council that oversaw a "lean, efficient government that provides top quality basic services."

"I think it's a council that was focused on really trying to do the basics well," he said. "We went through one of the worst economic downturns in recent history, and we came out of it in good shape."

Hosé finished in third, placing him on the council for the first time. He ran unsuccessfully once previously.

"I feel pretty good," he said. "It comes along with great responsibility."

Hosé listed stormwater problems, along with streets and maintaining current service levels as his top priorities.

"Our village really is a special place and we have a responsibility to keep it that way," he said. "At the same time, we have challenges facing us to keep Downers Grove competitive, economically and commercially. We need to address our infrastructure issues, and we need to do all of this in a financially responsible way."

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