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Lack of competitive races makes for low voter turnout in Lisle

Mayor, trustee, D202 candidates all unopposed

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:31 p.m. CDT

LISLE – Mayor Joe Broda cruised into his fourth term April 9, as the veteran Lisle mayor went unopposed in the consolidated elections.

Joining him on a stress-free election night was trustee Brad Hettich, who was appointed to the board in December to fill the seat of the late Joe Schmitt, and newcomers Anthony J. Carballo and Rob Getz. The three ran unopposed for three seats on the village board.

Broda is the longest continuous-serving elected official in Lisle, something of which he is quite proud. 

“I’ve been here a long time. I love this place, and I’m humbled that I’m running unopposed,” Broda said.

Over the next four years, Broda said he hopes to see a redevelopment of some properties along Ogden Avenue that once housed automobile dealerships. He sees them as potential sites for “big-box retail stores.”

“I really want to see some big changes on Ogden. So many cars drive through there all day, every day, and there is opportunity for new businesses,” he said. “I want to see more sales tax revenue generators in Lisle.”

With signs of the economy slowly turning around, Broda said he would like to be able to complete renovations in downtown Lisle that came to a halt after the economy turned in 2008. 

A concern of Broda’s, however, is some of the unfunded mandates that may come from Springfield.

“I’m always worried about what’s going on in Springfield. Pensions are a constant concern, and we’re also not getting our state tax payments on a timely basis,” said Broda, who also serves as vice president of the Illinois Municipal League. 

Another uncontested race came and went smoothly on election night for the four candidates unopposed for seats on the Lisle Community Unit School District 202 Board of Education.

Pam Ahlmann, Eunice Mc Conville, Amy Narot and Bob Tarasewicz were elected by voters.

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