DOWNERS GROVE – Voters have named Bob Barnett as the new mayor of Downers Grove. Throughout the evening, Barnett, a 10-year village commissioner, had a slight hold over challenger David Olsen in the mayoral race.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Barnett has garnered 4,223 of the votes, while Olsen collected 3,670, according to the unofficial results. Mayoral hopeful Marge Earl, a commissioner since 2016, trails far behind the two, earning 850 votes.
Barnett, 50, is a longtime resident of Downers Grove and has served as a commissioner for a decade. Throughout the years, he served on various committees, including the Stormwater and Flood Plain Oversight Committee, Downers Grove Park District Outdoor Pool Advisory Committee and took a lead role in amending the village's liquor ordinance.
Meanwhile, Olsen, 30, was a former Downers Grove commissioner, a board of trustee for the College of DuPage and most recently an Illinois state representative.