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Election

Ex-Glen Ellyn trustee running for village president

Diane McGinley is first person to announce candidacy

Former Glen Ellyn trustee Diane McGinley is running for village president.
Former Glen Ellyn trustee Diane McGinley is running for village president.

GLEN ELLYN – Former Glen Ellyn trustee Diane McGinley has announced she is running for village president.

McGinley, who served on the Glen Ellyn Village Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015, is the first candidate in the race. Village President Alex Demos has said he will not seek a second term.

McGinley, 45, said she decided to run for village president in hopes of overseeing some of the projects that were before the village when she was on the Village Board, such as the proposed redevelopment plans for the former Giesche Shoes store property and the former McChesney and Miller grocery store site.
 
McGinley, 45, said she decided to run for village president in hopes of overseeing some of the projects that were before the village when she was on the Village Board, such as the proposed redevelopment plans for the former Giesche Shoes store property and the former McChesney and Miller grocery store site.

"I just thought it would be a great opportunity to go in and to continue the forward-moving progress of the current board because I am familiar with so much of it," said McGinley, who also works part-time as a Glen Ellyn School District 41 substitute teacher. "I thought if I wanted to run for president, now was the time rather than wait several years when I am no longer in tune with what's before the board."

McGinley said she was one of the trustees who approved plans for a new police station, which is now under construction. She has lived in Glen Ellyn for almost 14 years.

In advance of its Dec. 3 town meeting, the Civic Betterment Party is looking for potential candidates to run for village and library board seats, along with village clerk. The nonpartisan organization was first organized in 1931. The party's nominating committee will interview candidates and then present its slate at the town meeting, where residents will vote by written secret ballot.

The winning candidates will then run in the April 2017 election with the party's backing.

McGinley has submitted her application to the Civic Betterment Party, party President Erik Ford said. Candidates are being asked to submit their applications by the end of October, he said.

Along with the position of village president, the terms of trustees Dean Clark, Tim O'Shea and Tim Elliott are up in April. Elliott already has said he will step down from the Village Board if he is elected to the DuPage County Board in November.

Those who want to apply can download applications from the Civic Betterment Party's website, civicbetterment.com.

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