GLEN ELLYN – Of the three candidates who won seats on the Glen Ellyn Village Board in a tight race in the April 7 election, one is about to serve his third consecutive term.
Incumbent Pete Ladesic led in the results, with about 27 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the DuPage County Election Commission. John Kenwood followed with about 26 percent and Mark Senak came in third with about 24 percent.
Carol Fontana followed the three, with only five fewer votes than Senak.
Newcomers Kenwood, Senak and Fontana entered the election with the support of the village's Civic Betterment Party.
Ladesic, however, ran as an independent after losing the party's support in a nomination election in December.
“I'm going to continue doing what I've always done. We need to continue making sure we are spending every dollar wisely,” he said. “One of the things that's wrong with government as a whole is governement spends money like it's their own.”
Ladesic also discussed the need for the board to find revenue sources.
“We have to look at alternate revenue streams, “ he said. “How do we generate revenue without taxing our residents? The best way to do that is economic development initiatives.”
Incoming trustee Kenwood mentioned four areas he hopes to focus on: infrastructure, technology, diversity and development.
Kenwood was thankful for the support he received from the community, and hopes that by listening to residents, he will help Glen Ellyn progress.
“I'm soaking this in. I feel grateful for the people of Glen Ellyn," he said. “I'm grateful for the opportunity and I will make myself accesible to people, I will listen, and I will provide my input based on my understanding, and make Glen Ellyn a better place moving forward.”
Senak also wants to listen to the residents to better understand community issues.
"Truthfully, I want to continue to educate myself about the issues that are important to my constituency and to make my best effort to reach out to the community," he said.
Fontana said the outcome of the election shows the importance of every vote.
“Honestly, if It truly ends up I lose by five votes, it shows that maybe five people didn't go to the polls," she said. “My perspective on it is, your vote does count.”