Four vie for DuPage County Board District 3 election
Party: Republican, age 50
Home: Downers Grove
Family: Married to Mary; no children
Education: bachelor’s degree, Illinois Benedictine College; law degrees, John Marshall Law School
Party: Republican, age 39
Family: Married to Sue; has two daughters
Education: bachelor’s degree, University of Illinois; law degree, Northern Illinois University
Party: Republican, age 60
Home: Burr Ridge
Family: Married to Janet; six children
Education: bachelor’s degree, Georgetown University; law degree, Fordham University
SHARON E. BRYANT
Family: two children
Education: bachelor’s degree in education, specializing in math
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:11AM
DU PAGE COUNTY — Three Republicans and one Democrat are running for the three open seats in the newly drawn DuPage County Board Disrict 3.
Democrat Sharon E. Bryant is challenging Gary Grasso and incumbents Brian Krajewski and John Curran in the Nov. 6 election for three open spots as District 3 representatives on the DuPage County Board.
Krajewski, an attorney and certified public accountant, served as mayor of Downers Grove from 1999-2007, losing a re-election bid. He was on the DuPage Water Commission from 2000-2005 and was elected to the County Board in December 2010.
“We did a good job last year lowering the budget by $10 million and are looking to knock another 8 million off,” Krajewski said.
Krajewski said the board’s focus needs to be a continued effort to find ways for greater efficiency, which will save money; and long-range planning.
Curran was elected in 2008 and was appointed vice chairman in 2011. He served on the Woodridge Village Board from 2005-2008 and works as a supervisor in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office.
“I want to continue the work we’ve started,” Curran said. “We’ve downsized and have not had a property tax increase over the last three years for the county.”
Curran said incorporating cost-saving personnel policy changes into union contracts is a next important step.
“About 20 percent of our work force is union,” he said. “We need to take each contract as it comes up and make these changes.”
Curran also said it’s important to continue to seek ways to consolidate services.
Grasso said he believes his experience in municipal government and 12 years on the county Board of Health make him a good fit.
“I’m looking to consolidate government services,” he said. “We can eliminate duplicate services and keep services high.”
Grasso said shrinking revenue for the county presents probably the biggest challenge.
“I think the county is well run, but it has its challenges,” he said. “The state continues to add unfunded mandates to counties and municipalities, and we have to do what we can to have no more of that.”
Bryant did not return phone calls seeking an interview.
On her website, Bryant wrote that she wants to ensure the issues affecting District 3 are heard, represented and addressed expeditiously. Bryant said she would give special attention to issues impacting youth, revamping of educational curriculums to better match job skill needs, job creation and health services.