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Dropouts Throw Support Behind Reform Candidates For Village Council

As long-term residents, we love Downers Grove and this community. But recently, we have been extremely concerned about the actions of our local government.


We have seen our village council force small businesses to remove historic and unobtrusive signs, waste months discussing a simple chicken ordinance, and seek to spend $52 million of our money to build an extravagant new village hall and other facilities. It became clear to us that the village council was not listening to residents and small businesses, so we decided in November to put our names forward as candidates to represent our community on the village council.

However, since we submitted our petitions, we have learned more about the other individuals also seeking to serve the residents and reform our village council.

After much consideration, we decided last week to withdraw our names from the ballot to support Gina Vattimo, William Waldack and Bill White, instead of working against these like-minded candidates. Gina, Bill and Bill were instrumental in fighting for the resident’s right to vote on the facilities referendum and oppose the extravagant $52 million new village hall and other new government buildings. We are confident that Gina, Bill and Bill will provide the thoughtful and responsive village council representation we deserve as residents of this wonderful community.

As residents and voters, we now have a clear choice in this election. Do we support two incumbents who have given us a dysfunctional and unresponsive village council? Or, do we support the resident-focused leadership which Gina Vattimo, William Waldack and Bill White will bring to our Village Council? The choice is obvious.

Please join us in voting for reform and supporting Gina Vattimo, William Waldack and Bill White for Downers Grove Village Council on April 7.

Patty & Taylor Murphy


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