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Five candidates vie for 3 seats in Sugar Grove

SUGAR GROVE – When Sugar Grove voters hit the polls April 9, they will be asked to choose from five candidates for three seats on the Village Board.

Seeking election are incumbents Robert Bohler and Rick Montalto and newcomers Gayle Deja-Schultz, Stephanie Landorf and Sean Herron.

Bohler has served four terms on the Village Board and said he is seeking re-election to continue to ensure the village lives within its vision statement.

“My continued vision of Sugar Grove is a community where our inherited open space is preserved for generations to come,” Bohler said. “A Sugar Grove with a diversified tax base capable of sustaining the impact of growth within our school district. A Sugar Grove that has generations of families living together in the richness of open space, the splendor of convenient shopping and the educational excellence in our schools.”

Montalto has served one term on the Village Board and said he is seeking re-election to continue to contribute to improving the lives of Sugar Grove residents and providing the best services to the community.

“Four years ago, my goals were to improve our roads, find a solution to the flooding problems in the Mallard Point/Rolling Oaks subdivisions, bring additional business and industry to the community like McDonalds, Walgreens, various fast food businesses ... and make local government more accessible to the residents,” Montalto said. “I am happy to say that I believe we have accomplished these goals, but we still have a lot to do.”

Deja-Schultz believes her years of experience in business development and high level of community involvement make her an excellent candidate for trustee. If elected, she said she will use a “common-sense approach” for responsible growth in Sugar Grove.

“I bring a new perspective, and I think the community is ready for some positive change on the board,” Deja-Schultz said.

Landorf said she is seeking election to have a part in helping the village prosper. She said she would like to assist in finding other opportunities for village growth and rid the town of its reputation of being difficult to work with.

“I may not have the political background or experience some of the other candidates do, but as a member of our community, I am open and receptive to hearing from our residents,” Landorf said. “I believe I can bring a fresh approach to the board and the issues our village is facing.”

Herron said if elected, his overall plan is to look for ways to save the taxpayers money. He said he also would like to attract businesses to Sugar Grove.

“I am passionate about serving my community,” Herron said. “I truly enjoy working with groups to help make the world around me a better place. I see the village trustee position as an opportunity to serve my community at the highest local level. ... I feel that I can provide a fresh and unique perspective and a fresh voice for the community as a trustee.”

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