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ELECTION 2013: Mickey Straub to serve as next Burr Ridge president

BURR RIDGE — In a tight race for Burr Ridge village president, Michael "Mickey" Straub learned of his victory Tuesday night during a party at Capri Ristorante.

He won by a little more than 100 votes over his closest opponent, Robert Sodikoff.

"I thought no matter what the outcome was, I already won just because I had such a great time meeting people," Straub said.

Straub said he walked all over Burr Ridge meeting people face to face and getting to know the residents he wanted to lead.

"One of my goals is to still walk every neighborhood I missed," Straub said.

It isn't just making the rounds, but also his skills in public relations and marketing that he thinks will bring a lot to the table when leading Burr Ridge, he said.

Sodikoff said he was disappointed in the results, but congratulated Straub on his victory Tuesday night.

"My political involvement ends with the election," he said, adding that he'd remain active in the community.

One of Straub's first initiatives is to make the village more resident- and business-friendly, including having open office hours. He also wants to help market Burr Ridge better, especially when it comes to promoting the Village Center.

Straub spoke highly of his opponents, Sodikoff and John Bittner, citing their experience in the village.

"Am I the perfect candidate? No," Straub said. "The perfect candidate is probably a mix of all three."

When asked what his favorite thing about Burr Ridge was, he said that was easy — the people.

"I went to a show a couple years ago in the Village Center and I started to reflect on all the people I had met that day, from the policeman I met to the neighbors and residents," he said in an interview last month. "I was just amazed by the high quality of kind and successful people in Burr Ridge that made it up.”

Straub earned 919 votes, Sodikoff finished with 758 votes and Bittner ended with 287 votes.

Bittner was not immediately available for comment after the election.

Vote totals are unofficial until certified.

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