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Government

Downers Grove board member Olsen selected to replace Sandack

Also a COD board member, new state rep. will need to collect signatures for fall ballot

Downers Grove commissioner David Olsen conducts the Feb. 16 Village Council meeting in the absence of Mayor Martin Tully. Olsen, also a member of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees, has been appointed to take the Illinois House seat recently vacated by Ron Sandack.
Downers Grove commissioner David Olsen conducts the Feb. 16 Village Council meeting in the absence of Mayor Martin Tully. Olsen, also a member of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees, has been appointed to take the Illinois House seat recently vacated by Ron Sandack.

A local politician will look to continue his quick ascent in the local GOP scene as he fills the seat of a recently vacated state representative.

David Olsen, a Downers Grove Village Board member, temporary College of DuPage board member and rising Republican, will take over the seat of former Rep. Ron Sandack, as well as his spot on November's ballot.

The announcement came from a joint release from the DuPage and Will County GOP organizations on July 30.

"David is an exceptional public servant and he'll be a great state representative for us," said DuPage GOP Chairman Brian Krajewski in a statement. "As Downers Grove Commissioner and recently as COD trustee, David fights for taxpayers and brings people together for common sense solutions."

The release said Krajewski and Will Chairman Kathy Havel met with around half a dozen candidates throughout the day before coming to the decision.

The release said Olsen, who has served on the council since 2013, is expected to be sworn in on Aug. 3. According to a release from Olsen, he will step down from his position on the council effective Wednesday, but will complete his term as vice chairman of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees "in the interest of institutional stability during a time of rebuilding."

Olsen was similarly tapped to fill in for the vacant spot of former COD board Chair Kathy Hamilton earlier this year.

Sandack's vacancy came after the high-profile representative abruptly stepped down suddenly July 24, citing "cybersecurity issues," according to media reports.

The longtime Downers Grove elected official had previously been known for being very active on social media, but deleted both his Facebook and Twitter accounts in the days leading up to his resignation.

The Downers Grove Police Department confirmed they were looking into a report of Sandack being victimized in an incident, but police did not elaborate further on the ongoing investigation.

Olsen will have to collect signatures to officially be placed on the ballot to face his fellow village board member, Democrat Greg Hosé, in November.

"I'm excited to get to work representing the people of the 81st district," Olsen said in his release. "For too long, politicians in Springfield have ignored the needs of Illinoisans, doubling down on a tax-and-spend agenda that has clearly failed our state. I intend to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the entrenched interests in Springfield, and I will fight to give taxpayers a voice."

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