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Election

Elmhurst park board challenger Sheehan joins longtime commissioner Kies in successful bid

ELMHURST – A newcomer and a long-seated member of the Elmhurst Park District Board of Commissioners both had successful bids to sit on the governing body for the next six years, according to preliminary results from the DuPage County Election Commission.

Mary Kies, a retired high school teacher and college instructor and four-time board member and former board president, retook her seat alongside Chicago high school basketball coach Tim Sheehan in the April 4 election.

Sheehan and Kies each took a solid portion of the vote – about 41.2 and 32.7 percent, respectively – against fellow candidate Robert Smith.

Incumbent Anthony Pelosi did not run for re-election.

"I want to ensure that people of all ages and abilities have opportunities to enjoy and benefit from open spaces, facilities, programs and events for years to come," Kies wrote in a Suburban Life candidate questionnaire. "I am running because I believe park districts are vital to our community and well-being. It would be my honor to continue making great things happen, with you and for you, through your Elmhurst Park District."

In his questionnaire, Sheehan pointed to the recent community survey as being a large point of direction for the board and himself should he be elected, saying the district is a well-run organization that provides "solid value for the tax dollars used."

"As the Board contemplates decisions that significantly impact those statistics, my promise as a commissioner is to publicly communicate such information to enhance public input as part of the decision-making process," he wrote. "Open communication and transparency will help the community understand the economic impacts of desired new programs and services."

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