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ELECTION 2013: Claar calls eighth term as Bolingbrook mayor likely his last

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:38 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Roger Claar will enter his eighth and, most likely, final term as Bolingbrook mayor following the Tuesday election.

The mayor of 26 years is running unopposed in the consolidated election, as no one filed to run against Claar by the Dec. 26 deadline, and nobody is running as a write-in candidate.

Although the long-time Bolingbrook mayor would not rule out the possibility of a ninth term, he said the next four years is "probably his last in office."

Claar said he is excited to continue his work.

"In the last 26 years this town has changed dramatically," Claar said. "I'm proud to say that Bolingbrook has a multitude of wonderful public amenities. It was a huge team effort to get to where we are today."

Also running uncontested races are Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning and village trustees Joseph Morelli, Michael Lawler and Maria Zarate.

Trustees Lawler and Morelli are vying for re-election while the newcomer Zarate will fill the seat of Sandra Swinkunas, who chose to end her 20-year village trustee career.

Morelli, Lawler and Zarate are on the First Party card with Claar and Penning.

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