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posted: 2/3/2010 12:01 AM

Formento holds forest preserve seat

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    Michael Formento


Longtime incumbent Michael Formento won the Republican nod to run for a four-year seat on the DuPage County Forest Preserve Commission from District 4.

With all 129 precincts reporting Tuesday, unofficial counts showed Formento with roughly 51 percent of the 15,734 votes to edge challenger C. James Carr, a former Wheaton mayor.

Formento is a former Glen Ellyn village president who served as a forest preserve commissioner from 1989 to 2001 and then rejoined the panel in 2006. He touts himself as the body's fiscal watchdog and promised no new taxes. Carr retired from his post as Wheaton mayor in 2007 after 14 years in office. This was his first foray back into politics since. He also formerly served on the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board. Formento will face Democrat Eric Bergman in the Nov. 2 general election. Bergman won his race in the Democratic primary on Tuesday with 56.6 percent of the vote. His opponent was Don Kirchenberg. District 4 covers all or parts of Wheaton, Winfield, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Carol Stream and Lombard.