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Painter, Cantore, Wehrli win Forest Board races

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:34AM

Tuesday’s general election featured races in Districts 2, 3 and 5 of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Voters this year decided whether incumbents Linda Painter from District 3 and Joseph Cantore from District 2 would hold on to their jobs as well as decide whether newcomers Mary Lou Wehrli or Dennis Clark would represent the 5th District.

In District 3, incumbent Painter retained her spot, and said she believed “connection with her voters” helped her defeat challenger Steve Leopoldo.

“I do a lot of walking and stay in touch with my constituents,” Painter said. “I’m looking forward to working with a new board which will have three new commissioners. As far as the election goes, I think I kept in touch with the people and it appears they have responded.”

In District 2, incumbent Joseph Cantore retained his spot and said his re-election confirms that “voters are satisfied with the things we have done.”

“I think I got the message out about what we have accomplished the past few years and I think I interacted with the voters and the feedback we got was positive,” Cantore said. “We get a lot of suggestions and feedback and we take those things to heart.”

Wehrli overcame Democratic challenger Dennis Clark in District 5 after early returns showed both candidates locked in a virtual tie. Wehrli said her citizen’s advocacy efforts throughout the past six months relative to projects like the Green Barn and bike paths resonated with voters.

“I think people see things being done behind the scenes in a thoughtful way, and the change in candidates is a one of the pieces,” she said. “I plan to be a team player with the rest of the districts as well.”

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