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New Bolingbrook trustees sworn into office

The two newly elected Bolingbrook village trustees and one reelected trustee were sworn into office for their new terms Tuesday night.

Mary Alexander-Basta, Michael Carpanzano and Sheldon Watts
ran on the First Party for Bolingbrook ticket and all won in April’s municipal election against the Bolingbrook United slate and a DuPage Township trustee – all seeking three seats on
the board.

The two parties have squared off in two contentious elections, the first in April 2017 with the First Party for Bolingbrook, or Bolingbrook First Party as it was known two years ago, winning seven of eight contested village positions.

This spring, the village’s debt was the top issue that was debated between the two sides.

The newly sworn-in trustees made efforts to extend something of an olive branch to their electoral rivals.

Alexander-Basta said she was looking forward to working with Trustee Bob Jaskiewicz, the one Bolingbrook United candidate who won a seat on the board in 2017, in a “positive and professional” manner.

“We can achieve so much more working together than we can working separately,” Alexander-Basta said.

Outgoing Trustees Deresa Hoogland and Ricardo Morales were recognized for their time serving on the board of trustees.

Hoogland was appointed to the board in February 2017 to fill a vacancy.

Mayor Roger Claar also responded to what he called “irritating” and “disgusting” allegations that village trustees are hand-picked by him.

“What’s often said is somewhat of an insult to the fine people who serve on that dais,” Claar said. “... That they’re my lemmings, that they’re my puppets, that ... they do whatever I say to do. That is just so far from the truth.”

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